My friend Gary wrote Three Reasons You Should Stand Up As Soon As The Plane Lands, but I take a different approach and think you should too. When your plane lands, there is no need to get up and crowd the aisle if you are sitting beyond the first few rows.
Three Reasons You Should Remain Seated When The Plane Lands
Gary makes three arguments for why you should get up as soon as the aircraft lands and the seat belt light is turned off:
- Getting ready to deplane, including getting things out of the overhead bin, speeds up the process
- It’s polite to the middle seat passenger who’s been stuck in place for hours
- You’ve been stuck in an uncomfortable seat for hours, why not stand as soon as you can?
While reasonable enough, my advice would be different.
Recently, I flew Frontier Airlines and was seated toward the rear of the aircraft. When we landed, people jumped up and quickly filled the aisle. I remained seated, not to annoy my seatmates in the middle and window seat, but because I knew we were at least 10 minutes away from moving.
Even as a taller guy, I don’t find “stretching” in a crowded aisle all that comfortable, especially with overhead bins flying open (how may overhead bins have struck your head over the years?). Quite the contrary, I often myself leaning over my seat in a contorted position or ducking, leaving me even less comfortable than sitting in a coach seat.
Furthermore, there is not room for middle seat passengers to get up as well when the aisle is full of aisle seat passengers. The bit of extra space in the row that theoretically is present is often simply replaced with baggage from the overhead bin, leading to little extra comfort for those in the middle and window seats.
Finally, it is one thing to grab your bag and prepare to alight when it nears your time to get of the aircraft, but there is no need to get up and gather your stuff when you still must wait quite some time to get off the aircraft. Who wants to hold a bag for 10 minutes anyway?
So my three arguments for why you should NOT get up as soon as the aircraft lands are as follows:
- Getting ready to deplane, including getting things out of the overhead bin, can slow the process down when you are blocking people who may be seated in front of you and are trying to get up into the aisle
- It’s rather uncomfortable standing in a crowded aisle for most people of medium height
- Remaining seated reduces the hesitation, like when two people arrive at a stop sign concurrently and are both too timid to move, that occurs when so many are standing in the aisle which greatly slows down the de-boarding process
Ultimately, I don’t view this as a big deal, but am firmly in the “remain seated” camp.
Do you think Gary is right or I am?