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Rant - why does it take so long to deplane?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by ExVegasLocal, Dec 8, 2016.

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  1. ExVegasLocal

    ExVegasLocal Low-Roller

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    I usually sit in the exit row, but I've just about decided to avoids sitting past row 6 at all costs from now on.

    Have you ever noticed that folks (me included) are always anxious to get off of an airplane? Folks are texting before the wheels are down. Seat belts are unbuckling before the gate is reached. And finally, the door is opened. Everybody stands up...and then nothing happens.

    People take their sweet ass time getting their stuff from the overhead bin. And once that precious bag is in hand, they mosey toward the exit as if they are walking to the gas chamber for their execution. What the hell takes so long up there!? Somebody please enlighten me!

    As an aside, might I add that the older I get, the better I am at ranting. Let me end by saying "get off my lawn" and "give me my damn discount".
     
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  2. dmr

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    One thing I've noticed is that some people seem TOO courteous! Some who are in the aisle with free space in front of them will wait for those in the "next row" to get out ahead of them. I say that if free space is ahead of you and you're not actively cutting somebody off, move up.
     
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  3. CoveredinBeer

    CoveredinBeer Low-Roller

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    I'm with you. I've calmed down a bit in this regard but it's still a point of contention. You can pick out the problems ahead of time. I'm happy to help folks get their luggage down as long as you promise to book it after you have it. Move it.
     
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  4. saintpauljeff

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    Too many heavy bags loaded overhead. Also many times no space is available overhead near the row folks are seated in so going back further in the plane to get a bag becomes a production.
     
  5. smartone

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    I freekin' HATE it when people who get out in the aisle bum-rush the front and don't let people in the rows ahead of them out into the aisle. To be fair, you stated, "and don't actively cut someone off". I'm a window-seater and like the OP never sit behind row #6 or thereabouts. Those of us who sit by the window are always forced to play a bit of chicken with those from rows behind who are out in the aisle. Interestingly enough, it almost always seems to be some business-type, professional female already on her phone, acting totally distracted like she didn't notice what she's trying to pull! Sorry, but that's been my experience and I now fly 2-4 round-trips per month around the west-coast.. Men generally seem to understand the courtesy of allowing each row to clear ahead of you. Certainly, there's times when we all kinda move aside to let some folks with close connection times out when our plane is behind schedule.

    Of course this is all complicated by the fact that the first few rows are full of the pre-boarders and wheel-chair folks... they're the slowest to board, hence the slowest to get their shit outta the plane as well. Another complication are the folks who sit in the front rows, but manage to put their carry-on several row behind them and have to swim up-stream to retrieve them.

    Almost always being in the row 6 neighborhood means in any event I don't have to wait long, even when I have to joust with Polly Ball-Buster to get out into the aisle.
     
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  6. Geogran

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    LOL - SWA perhaps??

    I'm with you - and I shall rant - when boarding I patiently wait while everybody carrying umpty ump pieces of oversized crap tries to stuff a bushel into a peck, THEN stands in the aisle slowly taking off a coat or jacket or just now digs out their headset from the overhead - geez folks, get your head out of the clouds, plan ahead and sit your butt down instead of holding up the entire plane. But I politely smile and wait.
    But when that plane lands - get up, get down that aisle and get out......
     
  7. Sonya

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    IMO it's the same with the freeway commute. If people understood how merging worked, it would go more smoothly.
     
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  8. bubbakitty

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    You usually don't beat the bags to the carousel but the restroom in the terminal is often signaling me to pull over.

    A little common sense would work as well if speed is the goal. Have those needing assistance to deplane wait until the able-bodied are allowed off. This could even reduce those needing to board before everyone else if they knew they were last to be helped off. Have their traveling companions remain with them as well. While flight attendants are policing the plane and preparing for the next flight there would be no impediment to having the wheel chair personnel board and deplane those needing assistance.

    Have locking overhead bins (controlled by a switch up front) and allow exiting by those with no carry-ons or those stowed under the seats first. This could reduce the ginormous limit pushing bags some people insist will fit overhead.

    We just sit back and watch the slinky unwind but I apologize now because we used to (heck we still do) sit and observe those clueless to others and those growing more irate as time passes.

    We timed it last trip out to vegas. We were in row 21. 17 minutes from arrival at the gate to walking out the door of the jet.
     
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  9. smerrian

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    I think the stewards should hand out 'mid-flight xanax' for all passengers. It might take the edge off some. :woohoo:
     
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    You can't fight it. I'll never understand why 90% of the assholes on a plane "jump up" the second the bell goes off!

    What is the thinking?

    "This might be the time I can jump up, and the 125 people in front of me will stay seated!"
     
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    I was in the very back of the plane once and got delayed getting into Chicago (O'Hare) and had a 30 minute connection. I asked the flight attendant if she could help me out and she did make an announcement. The people around me were cool and let me go, but about halfway up people were just lollygaging around like nothing was happening. She then proceeded to yell at the one guy being a total dumbass about things and he was like "what???" Luckily I made it with about 5 minutes to spare.
     
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  12. nostresshere

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    The reason is people. Just simple people.

    They take their sweet ass time getting their bags. They act as if there is NOBODY else behind them. The "gaps" in people leaving the plane is nuts. And not a damn thing can be done about stupid, unthinking, slow, irrationals, moronic, idiotic, lazy people.
     
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  13. ExVegasLocal

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    I think they are the same people who think that the main walkway through a casino is the perfect place to stand and have a conversation. God forbid they take two steps to the side.
     
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    I did that once trying to get to Atlantic City for a Borgata meet up, and my connection was just eeny meeny minutes to make it...FA put me in a spot front row to help me get off the plane first with my carryon...I made my next flight, and in hind-site, I wish I woulda tipped that crew.
     
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    Dee plane! Dee plane!
     
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    Hehehe

    I was on a flight to vegas when some guy in the back tried to scoot ahead and get between me (aisle) and my wife (middle). It didn't work out well for him.

    I can't stand that crap. as slow as it is, there's a protocol to follow.
     
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    Not just the merging. During freeway congestion, the speed limit becomes "The Car in Front of You". But way too often you get the guy (or, ahem, gal) that just idles forward while the car in front of them is up to 20 MPH and by now 100 yards ahead. I get that in theory nobody is going anywhere, but that guy (or, ahem, gal) is adding to the depth of the traffic jam... making it appear worse than it has to be.
     
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    My wife is " one of them" ........ we can be three quarters of the way back and she has popped out in to the aisle, or halfway stooped over scrunched under the overhead compartment and I am just looking at her. I just don't understand. Doesn't matter if it is only an hour flight.

    I will actually just sit and wait sometimes until I don't have to bump and jostle. But.....I rarely have anything stowed up top, and I don't drink much on the flights so rushing out to the head is not a critical deal either.

    I think nostresshere has it nailed.....people.
     
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  19. Dr Nostron

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    I love the idea of locking the overhead bins and letting the people who are ready to walk off the plane go
     
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    I like the idea of locking the rude morons in the overhead bins.
     
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