Updated: 2017-03-28.

Pushback, in airline parlance, is the term for when an aircraft pushes back from the gate, disconnecting from the jet bridge and backing up from the gate. As a kind of travel checkpoint, it represents for passengers the moment the aircraft first moves.

Normally, outside power, such as a tug or tractor, is responsible for the aircraft pushing back, because even though aircraft can perform a pushback themselves by reverse-thrusting their engines, it wastes a lot of fuel.

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