What is Tape Zebra?
Tape Zebra meaning Maddening condition aboard ship, especially aircraft carriers, where passageways are ‘taped off’ so that they may be waxed, dried, and buffed in the middle of the night. It seems that the passageways are purposely chosen to maximize delay and frustration when a pilot has to do an oh-dark-thirty preflight or some other duty. Junior enlisted sailors take special delight in denying officers access to these passageways. Likewise, junior officers thoroughly enjoy when a man overboard or GQ is called in the middle of the night, so as to crash through tape zebra and trample through the wet wax.