Waiting in line is not a decision. It is a social rule that helps us deal with things in a fair way. Different societies have different approaches to the issue. In some countries making a line and waiting for a long time is a custom, or even a privilege. In others, you are some kind of a fool if you wait for your turn. I try to follow the behavior of the majority in different places. In general it would be fair to assume that people do not particularly enjoy waiting in line. Well, there is at least this one exception.
We love waiting in line to get to the airplane. I am not sure why though. Except for very few cases, the seats are individually assigned. Again, there is always room in the overhead compartments for the hand luggage. There is little danger that someone will stop one of us saying “I am sorry, we are full.” or “you have to leave your luggage here.” Everything has already been decided at the check-in desk. So, why waiting anxiously at the boarding gate as if it is the bathroom door that has been occupied for a long time?
The weirdness is not over though. The minute the plane lands passengers jump on their feet trying to grab all their belongings. That is a pretty uncomfortable and illogical line to be in, especially when we know that getting out of the plane earlier is not a guarantee for leaving the airport earlier. That will depend on the pace of our always slightly overweight luggage.
This is all fine. What is beyond me, though, is the urge to make a phone call right after the tires touch the ground. Once, the guy sitting next to me had already dialed the number when I opened my eyes, which were firmly shut during the landing. He just said “We landed now, I will be there in 15 minutes”, hung up and then stood up to get his coat. When he was asked to sit down by the crew, I asked him why he had to call when he knew it was prohibited. His reply was “Well, the pilots do that too.” I looked at him confused and shook my head in agreement.
Flying might cause mental problems.