I have simply never been able to compromise on the window seat. It is probably the joy of craning through to get the first glimpse of hometown when the flight starts to descent. Or maybe that’s just an excuse. But as the scene outside changed from blue to green, I was already singing. As soon as the flight had completed landing, the stewardess made a gentle request for all passengers to remain seated and to get up only after the person in front exits. A sensible policy to prevent crowding and maintain social distancing. But guess I was the only one who heard that announcement (my excitement to be home giving me hallucinations?!). As soon as the doors opened, EVERYONE had to get up and take their bags out. Was it fear that they might get stranded? Or were they all more excited than me to be home? Or did they want to check if their precious bags are alright? Why the hurry, I wondered.
“All passengers travelling by xxxxx flight, please collect your face shields and masks,” the airport staff announced. The very next second, people crowded around him for the personal protective items being distributed. I found that crowd quite ironic! Why could everyone just not wait and come in a line? It was absolutely assured that one will not be allowed to enter the flight without a mask and a face shield. So these items would surely be provided. But I guess, we are so impatient. We humans simply have to hurry. We need to make sure we have it before others. But will this hurry cost us our lives?
Yet another factor I am still trying to get around is the hurry to board the flight. When you have a boarding pass and you are at the boarding gate, the flight will surely not leave without you. Unlike a public transport bus one does not have to hurry to get a seat. Your seat is reserved for you and there is no way you will have to travel standing. So then why? Why crowd at the boarding gates?
Man is always in a hurry and my air travel experience during COVID-19 times reminded me of it. This was a personal emergency and I could not cancel this trip. But I hope I don’t have to travel soon. The airlines provide you with PPE and give instructions about social distancing, wearing face masks and hand hygiene. But I worry about the hurry this world is in. Will this rush lead us straight to our graves?