de·​plane (ˌ)dē-ˈplān How to pronounce deplane (audio)
deplaned; deplaning; deplanes

intransitive verb

: to disembark from an airplane

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When the displaced travelers were finally permitted to deplane it was September 12. Francesca Street, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 The flight, which had 145 passengers on board and six crew members, returned to the gate following the incident and customers had to deplane the aircraft. Jay Blackman, NBC News, 16 Jan. 2023 Yet they were forced to deplane and wait to take off until after the grounding had been lifted. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2023 Carriers are generally not allowed to keep planes on the tarmac for more than three hours for domestic flights and four hours for international flights without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane. NBC News, 29 June 2021 The mass, sudden flight cancellations led to scenes of chaos at the airport on Saturday, when some passengers who had already boarded were ordered to deplane, according to state media reports. Nectar Gan, CNN, 8 Aug. 2022 Upon arrival in Seattle, Cooper allowed the other passengers to deplane in exchange for the money and the parachutes. Janet Bednarek, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 July 2022 In a statement, Captain Chris Nye, who was piloting the aircraft, said the plane diverted to Florida's Pensacola Airport, then continued to Orlando after the mother and baby were able to deplane with the assistance of medical personnel. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 20 May 2022 United memorably asked a family to deplane in December 2020 after refusing to mask their 2-year-old. Chron, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deplane was in 1923

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“Deplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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