Friday, February 19, 2010

Airline Etiquette

The steward announces over the PA system "Please remain seated and do not switch on your phone until the seat-belt sign is turned off". I ignore that, because I'm busy fetching my bags, all 3 of them, from the overhead compartment. I snigger at the advice on the mobile phone because I never bothered to power my cell-phone down in the first place. I've traveled so many times without turning it off and not once has my flight crashed. That's proof enough for me that the rule is an unreasonable one.

While I'm waiting impatiently for the doors to open, I'm in the aisle in ready position calling all my dear ones telling them loudly that I've landed. As soon as the doors open I need to push, shove and even climb over my co-passengers so that I get into the shuttle as quickly as possible. I know that there is no point in hurrying because we will all meet each other at the luggage carousel, but I have important business to take care of. I need to get there so that I can help construct a wall of trolleys that will put the conveyor belt out of reach of the stragglers among us. Once that is done, I twitch uncomfortably while those standing behind me helplessly watch their bags go round and round.

The bags take very long to arrive. I curse the system before heading over to the parking lot. There I leave my trolley where it can inconvenience maximum number of people and head home. That took longer than the duration of the flight. Did you say I'd be better off if I cooperated and not acted like airline checkout was a race? Who do you make me out to be, Chinese??


Shreeni said...

Interestingly enough, I was planning to write a similar post myself. What bothers me even more is that I have seen the exact same behavior in my travels everywhere - developed Asia, developing Asia, Europe and US. I now feel its a part of human nature to react such in flying objects. :(

Anonymous said...

LOL! Its been so long that I laughed so much reading a blog post. Excellent post my friend.

While its true that I've had similar experiences but only in domestic flights.

Sandra said...

You're too funny.. It's fun travelling by plane, but it's always such a huge hassle getting all your belongings together.

Gubsdy++ said...

Claustrophobia can do things to people and you just wont believe how many suffer from it :)

Gunds said...

started bloggin again man !!!

Deepak said...

@Shreeni: You don't think this is starkly more evident in India?
@g13n, @sandra: thanks gopal
@Gubsdy++: Welcome back gunds