"Hum aapse nivedan karte hai ki aap kripya apne kursi ki peti baandhe rakhe." (We kindly request you to keep your seat belts on.) the air-hostess announces while the flight touches down.
A bunch of people ignore the instructions, and proceed to stand up and stretch their arms and limbs. Some of them move to the aisle and open the overhead cabin to fetch their luggage.
The airhostess secretly rolls her eyes and repeats her instructions, just to be ignored yet again.
Indians on flights are a species of their own, with personalized rules and regulations, the need to hurry with no good reason, and the unexplained lack of patience.
Everyone has seen local flights with swarms of people taking off their seat-belts before the flight has finished landing. And while it's confusing and kind of absurd, it's a little too common.
Why would you want to voluntarily violate a safety instruction? Where are you going off to in such a hurry?
Believe me, the flight attendants will let you off the plane, just in good time.
Flights are usually peaceful, unless you're stuck with the unfortunate instance of a crying baby, but other than that there's very little to be disturbed by. But some of you still jump onto your feet as soon as the flight touches land like your seats are on fire and you've been through hell in that vessel.
Do you plan on jumping off the plane as soon as it lands? The exit isn't even open yet, your luggage hasn't left the carrier and you definitely aren't going to get anywhere faster.
But this impatience isn't just flight inclusive.
At the railway station, each and every train is packed over it's limit, but is it so hard to just wait for the next train? Why are people always crowding up government offices, cutting through supermarket lines and blowing a little too hard on their hot tea?
Maybe the impatience is genetic, because we have no other explanation that expounds this strange need to do everything now.
But, getting off the flight prematurely isn't the only problem with the flight etiquettes Indians live up to. (or don't live up to)
Your flight is at 3 p.m.? Let's get there at 11 a.m., just in case, you know? Oh the line's too long? "Bhhaiya thoda jaldi karo na." your way out of it. Personal space? Never heard of it.
Please, pretty please, step out of the flight when the attendants ask you to, and don't ask other passengers to move out of the way for your strange impatience, and you'll only make more friends this way!