Just returned to IAD from RNO on a UA connecting flight from SFO that was referred to by the pilot and ATC throughout the flight as “United 100 Lifeguard.” Wondering what would constitute the designation as “Lifeguard” and how common is this on commercial flights?
I notice that Flightaware makes no note of the flight as a Lifeguard flight. The 757 actually left SFO a few minutes late, the pilot blaming it on aircraft in the vicinity “bombing” a brush fire near Hunter’s Point.
Enroute, ATC controllers at least once, offered a particular vectoring but told the pilot he could reject the routing given that he was a Lifeguard flight.
Landing at IAD seemed anything but direct and we made no special haste to the gate or offloading. To me in the Economy-Plus section of the cabin of the almost 100 percent full flight, I saw nothing to indicate any special-needs medical handling of any passengers.