He was in such a hurry to get off the plane…

Have you ever been on a plane and noticed how some travelers jump out of their seats as soon as the plane hits the runway, open up the overhead bins, and start to pull out their bags before a flight attendant has to yell at them to sit their asses down and wait for the plane to stop moving?

Some travelers (I’m not going to mention any nationalities) are more notorious than others for jumping out of their seats and pushing their way to the door before the plane has reached the terminal, but a guy on my flight back to South Korea last Friday took being impatient to a new level: He tried to find an empty seat closer to the door.

About 30 minutes before the plane landed, I got up to use the restroom. When I returned to my seat 33C, there was a man sitting in it. He wasn’t talking to anyone and it didn’t look like he was sitting there to get out of the way of any flight attendants picking up the last of the breakfast trays. He was just sitting there staring straight ahead.

What the fuck, I thought.

“Excuse me,”  I said. “I think you’re sitting in my seat.”

He looked up at me dumbfounded and surprised, mumbled something incoherent and returned to his seat about five rows back.

In all fairness, maybe he was confused where his seat was; after all, it was 6:00 in the morning and most of the cabin lights were turned down.

Then again, maybe not. Maybe he really was a seat jumper.

As soon as the plane reached the terminal at Incheon, guess who was out of their seat first and pushing his way to the door?


5 Responses to “He was in such a hurry to get off the plane…”

  1. seeharhed March 1, 2011 at 12:32 am # Reply

    hahahhahahaha That’s why I hate travel international, especially in Asia countries. If have to guess, this guy you talking about is Asian. I can’t stand those type of travelers.

    I’m looking forward to hear some stories about your trip back home.

    • Jeffrey March 1, 2011 at 11:37 am # Reply

      You rush to get off the plane and then you have to wait for your luggage. Go figure. I saw this same guy later, waiting for his bag. I had already gotten mine and cleared customs.

  2. katley March 1, 2011 at 11:17 am # Reply

    I hate to pick on ethnic groups, but I’ve noticed Asians tend to be most impatient on plane trips. I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing. Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in stereotypes.

    When I fly, I take my time getting off the plane. The aisles get so crazy with people grabbing their stuff trying to get out. The way that I see it, a few extra minutes waiting in my seat isn’t going to make a difference in the scheme of things, and I don’t have to fight the crowd.

    • Jeffrey March 1, 2011 at 11:37 am # Reply

      Sad, but oftentimes, true Katley.

  3. Nye March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm # Reply

    I guess it’s not like here in the US where the ones in the front rows go first, we seems more relax about getting on and off the plane. And you would have thought it’s more laid back in Asia, but it’s the other way around.

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