Last June 25, a Ninoy Aquino International Airport ground handler sustained injuries after a lightning struck within the vicinity, It was said that the worker forgot to hault all operations during a red lightning alert. Based on MIAA's record, Joel Arejola from Macroasia fell off from the ladder while detaching ground power unit from the aircraft. The incident happened at around 6:58 p.m. of June 25.
Last 2017, a 21-year old ground worker at Southwest Florida International Airport was hit by a lightning bolt while he was standing near a Sun Country aircraft. The lightning struck the tail of the aircraft and a bolt discharge went on to hit the worker causing him to collapse. The worker suffered 3rd degree burns.
Lightning within airport vicinity poses great danger to the workers on the ramp. Lightning can strike an aircraft even on the ground. It usually strikes the sharp edges of an aircraft like the wingtip or nose and usually exits via the tail. When it exits, it may usually hit a person or equipment working near it.
A red alert lightning warning means lightning is prevalent in the area which poses great danger to the passengers and personnel working at the ramp area during those moments. Ground movement for ramp personnel were temporarily suspended due to the danger of lightning which may strike them. This is already a standard protocol for the safety of all ground personnel and passengers.
The two stories just show the danger during a red lightning alert, hence, ground operations have to stop for the time being.
So please do not scold your airline, your ground crew, and flight crew due to a delayed flight caused by a red lightning alert. The safety of all workers and passengers are paramount and we would not want any casualty or injuries caused by forcing flights to take-off or land on time in the presence of a dangerous situation.