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an extendible bridge for loading passengers onto large commercial airplanes; provides protected access to the plane from the gate
A jet bridge is an enclosed, movable connector which extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing passengers to board and disembark without going outside. Depending on building design, sill heights, fueling positions and operational requirements, it may be fixed or movable, swinging radially or extending in length. Jetway is a registered trademark of JBT AeroTech. However, it is often used in North American parlance to refer to any jet bridge, regardless of manufacturer. Prior to the introduction of jet bridges, passengers would normally board an aircraft by walking along the ground-level ramp and climbing a set of movable stairs, or up airstairs on aircraft so equipped. Mobile staircases or "ramp stairs" are still employed at many airports around the world, particularly smaller airports and terminals supporting low cost carriers. The first jet bridge in the United States was installed on July 29, 1959 at San Francisco International Airport.
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