It is easy for passengers to demand for whatever services they think they are entitled to once they are on board, and complain hysterically if they are denied of such entitlements.
They expect flight attendants to indulge their every whim.
But making them follow very basic safety instructions can prove to be very challenging.
Doesn’t that sound like a one-sided deal?
Why Passengers Rush to Stand Right After Landing
One of the safety instructions that passengers find so difficult to follow is the fasten seatbelt sign – especially after the aircraft has landed.
It’s such a wonder why passengers can’t wait to stand up and get their luggage upon landing.
Unless you are a first-time flyer, you would know that you should remain seated while the fasten seatbelt sign is on due to safety reasons and nobody is excused.
There are reasons we ask passengers to follow the fasten seatbelt:
After landing, the aircraft moves slowly and some might think it’s now safe to stand and collect their bag. It isn’t! The aircraft can suddenly break to a full stop forcing you forward rendering you falling on your pretty face on the aisle.
The aircraft may stop briefly after landing due to another airplane passing or just waiting for the arrival gate to be ready. It can suddenly start moving again. This may cause plane jerk forward and back. Imagine the bags falling on other people from the overhead compartment that you just opened to retrieve your precious baggage.
If you stand up while the fasten seatbelt sign is on and get thrown off or injured, the airline is not liable for any damage.
Lastly. when you buy a plane ticket, you are automatically subjected to all Conditions of Carriage, and one of them is that you are obligated to obey all safety procedures and commands.
So, remain seated until your crew says otherwise or at least when the seatbelt sign is off.
Besides, if we were to follow the proper airplane disembarkation etiquette; it has to be in order of rows. So if the front door is open, people seated in the first will disembark first followed by the second, the third and so forth.
There is no race for who gets off the aircraft first!