This never ceases to amaze me. It seems to happen on nearly every airline flight I take. And maybe it happens on your trips, too.
The plane lands and taxis to the terminal. Several yards short of the gate, you start to hear it.
Then another click!
And again. Click!
A few passengers insist on unbuckling their seatbelts before the plane come is parked at the gate and the “Fasten Your Seatbelts” icon is turned off.
I’m curious what the reasoning for this is.
I understand some people are in a hurry to stand up. Maybe get their carryon bags out of the overhead bin.
But Unfastening a seatbelt and removing it from one’s lap takes about one second. Maybe two.
Unfastening a seatbelt before the plane is parked does not get it to the gate sooner. So what’s the most time it buys you? Maybe three or four seconds — if that — when the aircraft deplanes?
I’m generally a Boy Scout when it comes to following rules on airplanes. So maybe I’m just boring. But is there something I’m missing? Can anyone provide any insight as to why it’s advantageous to unfasten a seatbelt before the plane is parked the seatbelt sign is off?
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