Quora User Supreeth Shankarghal, who describes himself as a frequent flier, aviation enthusiast and hobby pilot, lists the way a first-time Indian traveller and a majority of Indian passengers behave:
— We insist stuffing our overweight hand baggage in the overhead bin of our choice, no matter that there is no space for it.
— Cutlery, headphones and blankets are, in our eyes, paid for to take home after the flight. But that’s just stealing.
— We love our phones so much, we can’t bear to turn them off. Even when repeatedly told over the PA system in three languages at least, and again by the polite air hostess, to switch to flight mode.
— Self-absorbed as we are, or excited about first-time flying, we take endless selfies and pictures inside the flight, despite being asked not to.
— It doesn’t occur to us to get up and make way for a fellow passenger to take his/her seat. Can’t he/she just jump/climb over?
— Hey, if the seat has an option to recline, then that’s what we’ll do. Of course we did not care to notice the heavily pregnant or frail elderly person behind us who we might be putting into discomfort
— We don’t speak proper English. This one can’t be helped. If we don’t know the language, it doesn’t mean we can’t fly. Understanding and patience are required from both the passenger and the flight pursers in this regard.
— Coming as we do from sexually repressed societies, we ogle air hostess and other female passengers.
— What’s with us and our restlessness! We’re constantly moving up and down the aircraft, to the consternation of flight crew who’re trying to finish the meal service meanwhile.
— The grass is always greener on the other side, so we frequently request for unnecessary seat changes.
— Having contemplated too long over whether to go and relieve oneself or to wait till landing, we end up needing to go to the toilet just as the seat belt sign gets switched on.
— In the land of footboard travel, is it any surprise that we Indians are the first to jump up from our seats the moment the flight has landed, immediately freeing ourselves of our seatbelt restraints and rushing to retrieve our bags from the overhead cabins when the aircraft is still taxiing?
— If alcohol is served, it must be drunk to one’s fill. That’s how we make good all the money spent on that expensive air ticket. And why not; where else can our sanskari selves drink to our heart’s content and very well ogle the pretty lasses, a gentleman’s bar? Haw! No.