It might be the top thing that divides frequent fliers. The one thing that separates those who travel via air often, from those who don’t.
Yes, we’re going to talk about whether or not you should clap when your flight lands.
After reading a post from a friend on Facebook this past weekend where she vehemently defended her right to clap, I decided to ask my Facebook friends: Do you clap when your flight lands? When and why? The answers were … kind of all over the place.
Amanda Parmelee, a former Delray Beach resident who now works as an outreach coordinator for a North Carolina nonprofit, said she tends to clap at the end of rough flights. In one instance, she said, “The applause was actually shared by everyone. There was a bit of skidding, and I think everyone was just happy to have touched down without incident.”
A friend from college, Cheyanne Lent, said she claps at the end of every flight.
Vincent Tran, a former coworker, quipped that he doesn’t clap when his flight lands — but he does clap when his Uber driver gets him safely to his destination.
Travel writers seem to be torn when it comes to this issue. An ABC News travel writer said, basically, “What’s the harm?”
“I can think of plenty of worse things people could do on a plane than clap when it lands,” Lesley Carlin wrote for the site.
Earlier this year, a flight attendant wrote a list for The Huffington Post of the 12 things passengers need to stop doing. And yes, clapping when the plane lands is on the list.
USA Today’s popular Ask the Captain column took on the question in 2013. John Cox, who writes the column and flew for U.S. Airways for 25 years, said often the pilots don’t hear the applause. It’s OK to clap, he said, but he doesn’t: “I don’t clap … because I recognize the professionalism of the pilots and know that they are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do.”
So it based on experience? Some articles indicate it could be first-time travelers who are more inclined to applaud. A Travel and Leisure article theorized that it could be that, or it could be the destination: People might just be really excited to get where they’re going.
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