A passenger on board an American Airlines flight to Phoenix shared video of what happened when they landed and arrived at their gate. A fight broke out between passengers over who would disembark first. Another passenger can be heard saying “they’re calling for law enforcement.”
— Kate (@katebytheocean0) March 22, 2021
This is the latest installment is ‘every airline’s passengers are Spirit Airlines passengers now’ with low low fares and little business travel to speak of.
The striking thing here though is that the passengers were so anxious to get off the plane that they fought over who would get off first. Yet the fight delayed their getting off the plane.
There’s no question that flying American Airlines domestic with tight seating and no seat back entertainment, on what looks to be a completely full flight, is an experience you want to flee quickly. And it’s perfectly-designed to raise tensions between everyone who is experiencing it.
Still a more orderly deplaning process is actually better for escaping domestic coach as quickly as possible. If you must flight, do it once you’re off the aircraft, and once you’ve cleared the jetway so you’re not obstructing other passengers in the process too.
In fact, if the combatants would clear the way for other passengers, why even call the police? Let them fight it out! That would make for much better social media.