Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Jun 1 00:14:07 UTC 2004

>Can anyone tell me if "pax" = passengers is known and used in the US?
>How widely used and known? It's airline reservation-speak, but I am
>intrigued at a report that it was common in WW2, and migrated to
>civil aviation with the people who left the airforces after 1945.
>It is also a verb among airline crew: to pax to New York is to travel
>as a passenger, in order to pick up a flight that one is to pilot to
>another destination.

It isn't familiar to me. However, the Web has many examples of "pax" =
"passenger[s]", some from the US. Not all from the travel business: I see
for example "5 pax auto" = "5-passenger auto", "car/pax ferry" = "car and
passenger ferry", "cargo, pax" = "cargo and passengers" (this from the
USAF). I Googled <<pax passengers>>.

-- Doug Wilson

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