preflight

adjective
pre·​flight | \ ˈprē-ˌflīt How to pronounce preflight (audio) \

Definition of preflight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: preparing for or preliminary to flight (as of an aircraft) a preflight inspection

preflight

verb
preflighted; preflighting; preflights

Definition of preflight (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to inspect (an aircraft) before a flight

preflight

noun

Definition of preflight (Entry 3 of 3)

: a preflight inspection of an aircraft

Examples of preflight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The spread of a more contagious variant and a second mutation that somewhat diminishes the effectiveness of a vaccine have added a level of urgency and helped prompt consideration of additional public health measures, including preflight testing. Author: Lori Aratani, Michael Laris, Ian Duncan, Anchorage Daily News, "As CDC weighs testing mandate for domestic flights, industry pushes back," 10 Feb. 2021 The airline is also emphasizing the importance of complying with crew instructions and mask rules in preflight announcements. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines, FAA Tighten Security Ahead of Biden Inauguration," 15 Jan. 2021 Airlines have been lobbying for preflight testing to replace broad travel restrictions between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Mike Stobbe And David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "Flying to the US? Be ready to show a negative COVID-19 test.," 13 Jan. 2021 For now, Delta's preflight COVID-19 tests are only for passengers traveling from Atlanta to Amsterdam. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "What travelers should know about COVID-19 testing before boarding a plane," 9 Dec. 2020 Southwest doesn't offer its passengers a preflight COVID-19 test, a company spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "What travelers should know about COVID-19 testing before boarding a plane," 9 Dec. 2020 As the team swarmed over the X-1, with cords from trouble lights dangling in the early morning gloom, and tools, racks, ladders and other gear surrounding the little ship, Ridley began the preflight coaching. Chuck Yeager, Popular Mechanics, "How the Late Flying Legend Chuck Yeager Broke the Sound Barrier," 8 Dec. 2020 But in recent months, trial programs for preflight coronavirus tests have emerged for Americans traveling abroad — most notably for flights to London via Newark on United and American Airlines routes shared with British Airways. Washington Post, "Nearly 100,000 patients hospitalized nationwide; vaccine panel urges prioritizing health workers," 2 Dec. 2020 Hawaii reopened to tourism Oct. 15, an occasion that featured ubiquitous face masks, very few leis and thousands of arriving passengers, most of whom had passed preflight coronavirus tests in order to avoid quarantine requirements. Star Tribune, "MSP sees rebound of air passengers; Hawaii reopens; Southwest to fill middle seats," 22 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American Airlines offers passengers a $129 preflight COVID-19 test for anyone traveling in the U.S. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "What travelers should know about COVID-19 testing before boarding a plane," 9 Dec. 2020 Consortium members hope preflight tests and checks can cut the risk of spreading the virus across borders and revive international travel demand. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Here are all the ways airports are trying to make flying feel safe during the pandemic," 25 Nov. 2020 Many focused on touting their bells and whistles such as bigger screens, the option to order food preflight, larger beds and enhanced mood lighting, said Peter Knapp, chairman and chief creative officer at Landor & Fitch, a branding agency. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "JetBlue Explores Fresh Marketing for a Post-Pandemic World," 13 Nov. 2020 Passengers will be tested before a preflight period of quarantine. The Economist, "Banyan Asian countries try to build travel “bubbles”," 28 May 2020 The company provides a preflight safety briefing in Anchorage. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "No view is more epic than the one you’ll find on an Alaska flightseeing tour," 28 May 2020 The new second stage has already completed the same preflight inspections with all hardware behaving as expected. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Sweden launches suborbital rocket, Mad Mike dies in accident," 28 Feb. 2020 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of preflight

Adjective

1942, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preflight was in 1942

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“Preflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preflight. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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