c20 people standing up in the aisle whilst taxiing at LHR (BA 274) from LAS
Our flight from LAS ( OF ) was delayed 3 hours today so by the time we had arrived at LHR it was 1730 rather than 1430
We had just turned off the landing runway 27R and were taxiing slowly on the parallel taxiway to the C gates when I glanced backwards from my seat ( 29A) and saw c20 people in the aisle walking towards the front of the WT cabin and more getting stuff out. The cabin crew said for them to sit down as we were still moving but the pax were not sitting down. 2 crew had to walk back and talk to the pax to get them to sit down ( took several minutes to get them to sit down again). I mentioned to the pax that we were still moving on the taixway to no avail.
I have never seen that many pax stand up whilst still moving.
Eventually got to the gate and had to wait 5-10mins to get the jetty attached
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Custom and practice on other airlines doesn't help here. Nor does arriving late, since probably some people get over anxious about connections, when one person stands up, many will follow.
I don't mind other people being prepared to risk breaking their necks (literally) doing this - I have seen a member of cabin crew break their leg in this situation and it was an awful experience. But what bothers me is that that they are also putting at risk all the passengers around them, young, old, infirm.
BA tend to be justifiably firm about this, but it can be tricky for seated staff to spot it happening.
I have thought of this behaviour on numerous flights. Why do people do the "metal buckle song" as soon as the airplane lands? Why do they get up and fiddle with carry-on during taxiing?
I don't think people are idiots (well, at least not many). It must be a lack of understanding instructions and newbie travellers. A solution could be to display a notice on the IFE-display that they should remain seated until the screen says it's ok to get up.
This is the video-console generation 20-30 year old, they listen to a video console, not humans
But in my experience, it's not typically that generation that's offending.
You're of course correct. It's a mix of people but I think inexperience is a common factor. Maybe they are nervous and don't get the verbal message. But I do think that the individual IFE screen could be used here to enforce the message.
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have never seen that many people get up while taxiing after landing, usually only one or two.
Did have a somewhat related experience on LH where the aircraft door was closed and we started pushing back while I was still in the aisle trying to find space for my luggage (upon instruction of the cabin-crew I might add).
Had this on a late LOT flight WAR-SVO. Pilot came on tannoy, says sit or i stop the aircraft. Nobody listened, pilot stopped the taxi. Que lots of anger about missing connections, shouting etc... After about 20 mins people finally sat down and we completed the taxi to the gate and folks who may have made their connections didnt due to their attempt to get off first
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Why can't crew move about the aircraft during the post landing taxi phase like they do during pre take off taxi? They all seem to remain strapped in until at the gate. Maybe a question for ask the staffer, but just curious. If so they could be about the cabin making sure pax are staying seated until at the gate.