Save a few seconds, lose a few hours? That was the case for passengers onboard an American Airlines flight who battled it out over who would leave the aircraft first.
A Post-Flight Fight On American Airlines Over Who Can Exit The Aircraft First
The incident took place at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) onboard a packed Boeing 737. In the video below, two female passengers can be seen punching one another as spectators look on.
— Kate (@katebytheocean0) March 22, 2021
Look, I get it…to an extent. AA’s 737s are among the most uncomfortable to fly. There’s no seatback screens. Legroom is tight. Flights have been absolutely packed lately. I’d want to be first off too.
And yet in what world does it make sense to fight over saving a few seconds getting off the aircraft? If you need to use the lavatory, use the one onboard. If you have a connecting flight, 10-15 seconds is probably not going to make the difference and schedules are so padded these days that I cannot recall a flight that has not arrived early.
Claustrophobia? Then sit down, since your seatmates have probably already stood up. That means three seats to yourself.
Insulted or bumped? Ignore it, even if done deliberately. If you cannot ignore it, you wait till the passenger gets out into the jet bridge at least.
But the heat of passion is sometimes uncontrollable. Like here. The sad news is that not only did this inconvenience other passengers, but the passengers seeking to one-up eachother to save a few seconds ending up losing a far greater amount of time.
Yesterday I asked if the horrific unrest in Miami was due to cheap fares. Today, I could ask the same thing about this brawl being the byproduct of cheap fares. But even if cheap fares induced these two passengers to fly, American Airlines did not force them to fight, especially over something so petty.
But here’s my advice: if someone impatiently stands behind you while waiting to get off the aircraft, just move aside. It’s better than a fight, even if you think they deserve a punch in the face. Stepping aside is also better than letting them breathe down your neck.
So be the peacemaker. Don’t even admonish them because if someone is rude enough to push their way through a crowded airline aisle, they are probably rude enough to punch you for constructive criticism.
(H/T: View from the Wing)