One man doesn’t wait his row’s turn when the plane lands and the captain turns off the seat belt sign. He rushes towards the front of the aircraft as soon as he can, jumping ahead as many rows as he needs to in order to be as close to first off the plane as possible.
His video is captioned, “POV: you have 0 patience when getting off planes.” As soon as the seat belt sign turns off on this JetBlue flight, he’s in action, grabbing his belongings and running as fast as he can before the plane’s aisle fills up with passengers.
And he makes it from the rear of the aircraft almost to the front before the aisle clogs too much for him to move any farther. That’s why he calls himself “literally [a] top 5 plane unboarder.” And millions have seen his video.
Normally you stand up when the seat belt sign turns off. The passenger at the aisle seat walks into the aisle either right away or when the row in front of you starts walking off the plane. And then when the people in front of you are on their way out, you proceed down the aisle yourself. (I should add that standing up as soon as the seat belt sign turns off is also the correct thing to do.)
But there’s no express rule against squeezing through the passengers in the rows in front of you. This could become a safety issue, and you could wind up in a physical altercation! But people jump the queue to get off of planes all the time, for instance when your flight is delayed and they’re running to catch a connection.
Wait your turn, though, is a basic norm. The aircraft’s aisle gets pretty crowded once the seat belt sign is turned off. There’s usually just a couple of seconds. You might make it a row or two forward before people start blocking the aisle. I’ve never seen anyone make it from the back of the plane to the front without shoving.
You might think the passenger in this video is causing others to stay on the aircraft longer by jumping to the front, and that it’s unfair. But he’s getting off the plane quickly! If everyone got off quickly, everyone would be on the plane for less time. Doesn’t this work from a Kantian perspective?
Fast deplaning also keeps flights running on time, allowing airlines to turn aircraft more quickly. And quick turns, along with on-time operations, keep costs down and fares low. Isn’t he a hero?