Passenger's ‘Petty’ Revenge on Flyers Who Stand ASAP When Plane Lands Sparks Debate

“There is an unwritten rule/common courtesy when getting off your flight,” the traveler wrote of their retaliation on Reddit

<p>Getty</p> Passengers standing and sitting inside airplane


Passengers standing and sitting inside airplane

A plane passenger has ignited quite the heated debate after seeking revenge on flyers who stand up immediately after landing.

The traveler says they were fed up with these “early standers” on a recent flight so they decided to take action, they explain in an April 24 post on the “pettyrevenge” subreddit. In the post, they say their idea for revenge was sparked by people violating an “unwritten” airplane etiquette rule.

“As many of you may be aware, there is an unwritten rule/common courtesy when getting off your flight,” they began in their post. “You simply WAIT until passengers in the rows in front of you have made their way into the aisle/exit and then you get out when it's your turn.”

They added that they “get annoyed” when people stand up immediately to retrieve their carry-ons and “cut off” others just to “enjoy their small victory of getting off the plane a few minutes sooner.”

After they claimed to have witnessed multiple “cutters” in a row, the original poster (OP) described how they got back at them.

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<p>izusek/Getty</p> Passenger getting their luggage from the overhead bin


Passenger getting their luggage from the overhead bin

“As soon as I got up, I blocked the aisle with my body and asked the other passengers in my row if they needed help with their bags. One by one, I SLOWLY got their carry-ons out of the overhead bins and waited for each one to go on their way. Then I turned to the row opposite of mine and did the same for them.”

They continued: “Probably only took ~45 seconds total, but felt great/petty knowing that the cutters were unable to cut off at least my entire row.”

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In the comments section, other Reddit users had mixed opinions about the OP’s actions. Many argued that there is usually a reason why travelers stand up immediately.

“I always stand up when the plane lands quickly...but I'm tall and it's nice to stand and stretch my legs. Not everyone who pops up quickly is looking to save 30 seconds,” one wrote, adding, “I wait for the folks in front to go first though.”

Another echoed, “I do this, too, even though I'm short. A stretch is a stretch after being cooped up.”

Others emphasized that connecting flights should be taken into consideration.

“I've been that person in a hurry. Why? Because my flight was delayed by a couple of hours and I was going to miss my connection (that I booked plenty of time for) and had to run for it,” one shared.

Another wrote, “I agree rudeness is unacceptable, but you don’t always know the context and reasons people are butting in front of you. So stressful missing and rebooking a tight connection, just so unpleasant flying all round. Sometimes there is sickness and bereavement involved, and people are rushing. Let them do their things, life is too short.”

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<p>Getty</p> Passengers standing in the aisle of an airplane


Passengers standing in the aisle of an airplane

PEOPLE previously had travel expert Nicole Campoy Jackson weigh in on the controversial topic during an exclusive interview in March.

According to Jackson, those who stand up ASAP are actually in the right for a “number of reasons."

“First, everyone’s been sitting for hours, you may just want to hop up to get the blood flowing,” she tells PEOPLE. “Second, the person in the middle seat will appreciate the aisle seat opening up as they collect their things. Lastly, it does feel good to get the next step in the process going.”

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However, she advises against trying to “cut ahead” and explains that the process only works if people are conscious of others.

“The worst version is when people are basically standing on each other's toes, bags squished together in the aisle, people nearly dropping carry-ons onto the heads of passengers still seated. Standing is a yes. Making others feel crammed, inconvenienced, or like you’re trying to cut ahead of them is a no.”  

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