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Ask the Pilot, with Captain Mike Bowers


Q: While taxiing to the gate at Newark Liberty International, I noticed that the 737s were sporting a new bulge on the top of the fuselage, just to the rear of the wings. It kind of looks like it could be a hatch, but I thought maybe it was an antenna. I didn’t see anything like this on any of the other planes. What is it?
A: Your second guess is correct. The bulge that you see on the top of the Boeing 737s houses the antenna for the TV service we have on those aircraft. It allows you to watch live TV while flying on domestic flights, but is not available on overwater flights. Other aircraft, including Airbuses, have similar bulges, but the antennae on those planes are for Wi-Fi instead of TV.

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One Response to “Ask the Pilot, with Captain Mike Bowers”

  1. Laurie Heidinger Says:
    December 28th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    While coming in for a landing at SFO I noticed another passenger jet coming in at the same time at the next runway. I was surprised to see how close we were to each other and was wondering if parallel landings are common.

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