1937: IATA Airport Abbreviations
|IATA Airport Abbreviations|
Title text: IATA stands for International AirporT Abbreviation.
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This comic is making fun of the three-letter codes assigned to all airports. These codes are overseen by the IATA (International Air Transport Association). Some airport codes are very intuitive, taking letters from the city name (e.g., DEN for Denver). Other codes are somewhat intuitive, taking a letter or two from the nearby city name but adding an additional letter (e.g., LAX for Los Angeles). Other codes make seemingly no sense at all (e.g., ORD for Chicago's O'Hare International, due to it formerly being named Orchard Field). In many cases, the airport codes appear to have been chosen (or invented) because they are also common abbreviations and acronyms.
If we use the table provided, Randall's friend is flying into Edwards Air Force Base and then down to whatever. This is not a typical flight. In actuality, the friend is flying into Newark tonight and Detroit tomorrow.
|IATA Code||Actual Assigned City/Airport||Description in the comic||Explanation|
|AMD||Ahmedabad||Amsterdam||Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Its airport (called Schiphol) has the IATA code AMS. "AMD" is a brand of computer processors.|
|ANC||Anchorage||Ankh-Morpork||Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state featured in Discworld.|
|ATL||Atlanta||Atalantë||Another name for J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional island of Númenor (which is in turn a reference to the sinking of Atlantis).|
|BAE||Barcelonnette||Beijing||Beijing is the capital of China. Its airport has the IATA code PEK. "Bae" is a slang term meaning girlfriend, boyfriend, or significant other.|
|BLT||Blackwater||Baltimore||A "BLT" is a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.|
|BUF||Buffalo||Sunnydale||Sunnydale is the fictional setting of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.|
|CLT||Charlotte||[CENSORED]||The censored word may be "clitoris." Randall has used this word in the comic before, so it is not known why he censors it here.|
|DFW||Dallas/Fort Worth||Down For Whatever|
|DTF||not assigned||Dartford||"DTF" is an acronym used to indicate "Down To Fuck". Dartford is a town in Kent, UK, about 10 miles SE of London.|
|DTW||Detroit||Down To Whatever|
|DWI||not assigned||Delaware International||"DWI" is an acronym for "Driving While Intoxicated" or "Driving While Impaired."|
|EWR||Newark||Edwards Air Force Base||Edwards Air Force Base (which has the IATA code EDW) is a United States Air Force installation in southern California, about 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lancaster and 15 miles (24 km) east of Rosamond.|
|FFS||not assigned||Flagstaff Station||"FFS" is an acronym for "For Fuck's Sake".|
|FHQ||not assigned||FHQWHGADS||The string "fhqwhgads" appeared as the sender name in a spam email sent to Strong Bad in the Homestar Runner cartoons; Strong Bad ended up writing a song dedicated to the "character".|
|FYI||not assigned||Fayetteville||"FYI" often stands for "For Your Information".|
|HGM||not assigned||Hogsmeade||Hogsmeade is a fictional location in the Harry Potter series.|
|HSV||Huntsville||Huntsville||This is one where Randall and the IATA agree. HSV is better known as the Hue-Saturation-Value color space or German soccer club Hamburger SV|
|IAD||Washington (Dulles)||Idaho (Boise)|
|IUD||Doha||Washington (Dulles)||An "IUD" is an "IntraUterine Device," or form of birth control.|
|JFC||not assigned||Jefferson City||"JFC" is an acronym for "Jesus Fucking Christ."|
|KUL||Kuala Lumpur||Kingdom of Loathing||Kingdom of Loathing is an online, browser-based RPG.|
|LAX||Los Angeles||Las Angalas||"Las Angalas" is a "Los Angeles" with every vowel replaced with an "a" character.|
|LOL||Lovelock||Louisville||"LOL" often stands for "Laughing Out Loud".|
|MDW||Chicago, IL (Midway)||Midway Atoll||Midway Atoll was the site of one of the most significant World War II Pacific naval battles. Its actual IATA code is MDY.|
|MIA||Miami||Colombo, Sri Lanka||MIA is a rapper who is of Sri Lankan heritage. It also frequently stands for "Missing In Action".|
|OMW||not assigned||Omaha||Eppley Airfield in East Omaha, Nebraska, has an IATA code of OMA. "OMW" is an acronym for "On My Way."|
|ORD||Chicago, IL (O'Hare)||Orlando|
|PDX||Portland||Pordlanx||Consider how LAX has a random "X" at the end. And "ORD" is an actual IATA code. Randall here messes with "Portland" in much the same way.|
|PHL||Philadelphia, PA||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh International Airport has a IATA code of PIT.|
|SAN||San Diego|| San Diego|
|SEA||Seattle/Tacoma or SeaTac||[Indicates Water Landing]||This is possibly a reference to the fact that "SEA" could be interpreted as "Sea". Like some other major airports (e.g., San Francisco International Airport and LaGuardia Airport), SEA is very close to a large body of water, in SeaTac's case Puget Sound: thus, missing the airport may end up in a water landing. SeaTac is also a city in WA, adjacent to the airport.|
|SMH||Sapmanga||Smithfield||"SMH" often stands for "Shaking My Head".|
|STL||St. Louis||Silent Hill||Silent Hill is a fictional city appearing in the series of video games and movies with the same name.|
|SWF||Newburgh, New York||Sherwood Forest||.swf is the file extension for ShockWave Flash files. "SWF" can also stand for "Single White Female" in personal ads.|
|TBA||Tabibuga||Tribeca||"TBA" often stands for "To Be Announced".|
|TMI||Tumlingtar||Turkmenistan International||"TMI" often stands for "Too Much Information".|
|YYY||Mont-Joli||Toronto Downtown||The small airport in downtown Toronto is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport which has an IATA code of YTZ.|
|YYZ||Toronto||Toronto Pearson||This one is correct.|
Confused by those airport abbreviations used by your friends who fly a lot? Just memorize this list.
- Aside 1: I'm flying into EWR tonight, then DTW tomorrow.
- Aside 2: Ok, cool. I definitely know what those mean without Googling.
|DFW||Down for Whatever|
|DTW||Down to Whatever|
|EWR||Edwards Air Force Base|
|KUL||Kingdom of Loathing|
|MIA||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|SEA||Indicates Water Landing|
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