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Applause Upon Landing @ EWR, CO 738, 4/21  
User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4394 posts, RR: 12
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13753 times:

Hey, this is a first for me in the US!.
I know there have been many threads about this in 3rd world countries or to certain destinations, or cultures but this was a LAX-EWR 738 flight, CO 90.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...0/history/20090421/1953Z/KLAX/KEWR
It was delayed already for over an hours, full flight; no tail winds and some holding toward landing making a 5:40 hour long flight.
To say the least the final approach was very bumpy, we were all over the place and the ceiling was so low that I could only see the light on top of the Empire State Building but no the building itself.
People were hanging on to their seats, and to my surprise huge applause upon landing and cheers.
I have to say I kinda liked it.

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User currently offlineRichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13191 times:

Interesting - on a domestic flight no less. I'm a little surprised too but sometimes all it takes is a foreigner (or a really nervous flier) to start and then it is sort of infectous.

I've seen it on only a few occasions - mostly when traveling abroad. I've also seen it after a particularly bad flight (i.e., lots of turbulence) - not sure if the applause was mocking the flight crew (as if it was their fault), or because the clappers actually thought they were going to die and somehow had cheated death.

Fascinating subject, the whole applause thing. Maybe a good one for somebody looking to write a sociological thesis!



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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13114 times:



Quoting Richierich (Reply 1):
or because the clappers actually thought they were going to die and somehow had cheated death.

??

Bit over the top...

A lot of places, it is just tradition. Nothing to do with cheating death..


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13117 times:

I remember it happening on landing at CLT, on a Piedmont flight from LGW back in 1987. We touched down at CLT and the whole cabin started clapping and cheering...and there hadn't even been anything unusual or particularly "scary" about the flight!!

Speaking to my cousins in North Carolina about it afterwards, it appears that the daily Piedmont flight to London had been a great source of local pride, and as it was a fairly new service (I think I was flying on something like the third day of service), the locals who were returning home (possibly on their first transatlantic Piedmont flight if they had left home prior to the inaugural eastbound service), were probably just showing their appreciation of a great flight on a "local" airline!



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User currently offlineNwafan20 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13092 times:

For me, it doesn't seem to be that unusual, about half of the flights I have taken people applaud the landing, usually the flights that the applause occurs on are leisure destinations I have discovered.


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User currently offlineNycbjr From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13045 times:

I've been on several flights with clapping, I've also congratulated crews for smooth landings and amazing approaches at minimum's.

I'd like to see this more often, these crews work hard, a pat on the back is always nice.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 13014 times:

The only times I have been on flights where folks clapped and cheered upon landing have been on flights to Las Vegas. These flights (especially on Fridays) tend to have a bit of a party vibe and an air of fun and excitement, and folks are amped up for a few days in Vegas.

User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12972 times:

I always thought it to be people who don’t fly much expressing joy for finally making it to their destination.
I get the urge to clap when people crowding the aisles finally start to move after we get to the gate.


User currently offlineDUALRATED From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12945 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
The only times I have been on flights where folks clapped and cheered upon landing have been on flights to Las Vegas.

Tel Aviv is known for clapping, and singing upon landing!  bouncy 



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3148 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12873 times:



Quoting Nycbjr (Reply 5):
I've been on several flights with clapping, I've also congratulated crews for smooth landings and amazing approaches at minimum's.

Not that I don't mind it, but landing at minimums is no more difficult than landing with clear and a million. Smooth approaches are easy. When they're bumpy and rough that usually means I had to earn my pay.



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User currently offlineTylerDurden From United States of America, joined May 2008, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12828 times:



Quoting Nwafan20 (Reply 4):
For me, it doesn't seem to be that unusual, about half of the flights I have taken people applaud the landing

Odd man out, here. Roughly 300K miles a year for the last six years and have yet to hear anyone clap after landing---good or bad.


User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12551 times:

No, you're not the odd man out. I average around 100,000 miles a year domestically and I have never, not once, had a flight where passengers clapped upon landing. I don't know if it bothers me, but I find it kind of awkward and almost uncomfortable, for lack of a better way to say it.

User currently offlineKlemmi85 From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12457 times:

I heard people clap quite often when doing my trips. Most of them were european, so maybe it's more common here in europe than in the states for example.

When I flew on DL AMS-ATL-MIA nobody clapped but most pax were US pax. Then when I went AMS-MIA on MP they were clapping again.


User currently offlineReflectiveman From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 12300 times:

Some years back (1998?) I was flying CO from IAH-DTW on a DC-9-30, there was a snow storm at DTW that prevented us from landing for about a hour. I don't know for certain but I think we also did a go-around at one point as we came in, and then the flaps started retracting and the engines throttled up. When we finally landed, the place was pretty well covered in snow and our landing roll was the longest I've ever experienced. But anyways to cut to the chase, when we pulled off the runway everyone started clapping and cheering. It was the only time I've ever seen this.

User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 12137 times:



Quoting Swiftski (Reply 2):
Quoting Richierich (Reply 1):
or because the clappers actually thought they were going to die and somehow had cheated death.

??

Bit over the top...

A lot of places, it is just tradition. Nothing to do with cheating death..

I'd agree. Although it doesn't happen on many of my flights, it seems to happen when there's a particularly bad approach and they get us on the floor eventually. For example, on return to Dublin from Berlin on an Aer Lingus flight, the approach to runway 28 was very very bumpy and we were being thrown around from the minute we emerged from the clouds. It took them a while to get it on the runway, but as soon as they did, the passengers started applauding, not because they had been fearing for their life, but simply because it was a very very good landing.

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User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 12039 times:

Clapping is almost systematic on Egyptair flights, no matter how easy or rough the approach or landing.

Faro



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User currently offlineAerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2819 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11962 times:

I think every flight I have been on this has happened. I like it, gets me all excited about me holidays!


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User currently offlineMeteorologist From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11892 times:



Quoting Reflectiveman (Reply 13):
Some years back (1998?) I was flying CO from IAH-DTW on a DC-9-30, there was a snow storm at DTW that prevented us from landing for about a hour. I don't know for certain but I think we also did a go-around at one point as we came in, and then the flaps started retracting and the engines throttled up. When we finally landed, the place was pretty well covered in snow and our landing roll was the longest I've ever experienced. But anyways to cut to the chase, when we pulled off the runway everyone started clapping and cheering. It was the only time I've ever seen this.

I was reading some of the other replies wondering how people that fly 100K or 300K a year haven't heard clapping multiple times in the US, and I think the post above might have given me a clue. A lot of my flying is into/out of DTW, and once I thought about it more, they definitely will clap with weather in DTW. Well, that or the Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup...had that uproar on a flight in one time.


User currently offlineDenverdanny From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11578 times:

The only time I can remember hearing clapping was on the international flights I took to and from Rome. I just assumed it was because the Italians were happy we made it to where we were going, considering it was Alitalia. Nah, I'm joking. I'm sure they just clap anyway  Smile

User currently onlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11542 times:

I have been on my fair share of flights with applause on landing, mainly in Europe and South America, with the occasional Mid-East or US flight having some applause.

I have, however, been on two flights where there was applause on TAKE-OFF:
After some Air Force ROTC Field Training (bootcamp like training) flying from Panama City FL to ATL and flying from Spokane to SLC after some military survival, SERE and POW training.

Both flights seemed full of military members, happy to be leaving the not-so-fun events and clapping upon rotation.

I was flying from STL to HOU after Texas beat Nebraska for the first Big XII championship and the whole plane (including the FAs on the mics) were singing the Eyes of Texas and then clapped on take-off and landing.



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User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 11474 times:

Back in 2006 i was on a CRJ-200 of either Midwest or Air Wisconsin (can't remember which) heading to FAR from ORD. We'd been delayed at ORD for a good 3 hours, and when we finally landed in FAR almost every pax applauded! I didn't, but it certainly made me smile and as we were deplaning almost every pax thanked the crew for a great flight instead of complaining about how long it had taken.

Cheers

Stu



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11348 times:



Quoting Skysurfer (Reply 20):
Back in 2006 i was on a CRJ-200 of either Midwest or Air Wisconsin

It was probably Air Wisky or SkyWest (I don't remember when the change was) operating as United Express.

Quoting Skysurfer (Reply 20):
and when we finally landed in FAR almost every pax applauded!

Was the delay due to weather? People around there don't take weather for granted. And keeping them out of Fargo for a couple extra hours is worthy of applause. Big grin



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User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11137 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
It was probably Air Wisky or SkyWest

Ahh thanks.....it was Skywest. Forget which runway it is, but i always loved the approach that's curved as you head towards the runway.

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
Was the delay due to weather?

Yes it most definately was, didn't bother me much apart from the fact i was in need of a 'cancer stick'!

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 21):
And keeping them out of Fargo for a couple extra hours is worthy of applause. Big grin

Hahahahaha, i hear ya on that one! I think the only thing i actually did in Fargo on that trip was bust my balls flying down an icy hill on a plastic mat......hit a bump, got airborne and landed on another bump lol

Cheers

Stu



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15719 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 11050 times:



Quoting Skysurfer (Reply 22):
Forget which runway it is, but i always loved the approach that's curved as you head towards the runway.

I don't remember much about the Fargo airport since the last time I flew out of there was when I was 4. I remember watching 727s and DC-9s land in the rain. And there were always cars from local dealers in the terminal that I loved to look at. I think I still have those plastic NW wings somewhere.



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User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3122 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 10927 times:

last week on LAX-CDG on air france, one person started applauding and the whole plane caught on. It is pretty contagious i think  Smile

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25 Jneel43 : I flew CPH-SEA on a SAS DC-8 years ago (60's) at the end of a dark and dreary European winter where there was no sun for weeks. We took off and climbe
26 Klemmi85 : as long as it's not the captain himself, being happy about another successful landing though not having a proper license ...
27 UN_B732 : I remember this happening a few years back on flights into Russia. It didn't happen on my last KL flight into SVO, but it did happen on my SU flight i
28 Rolfen : Its most probably praise for the flying skills of the crew (I am always impressed by the flying skills of the crew on landing, no matter how bumpy it
29 L1011buff : I remember the wonderful service being applauded on an SAS flt. from CPH to JFK in summer '84 when they were using B747s. Their service was top notch
30 Cschleic : I've heard applause at a small, socked-in airport when the plane finally landed, hours late, that we were to board for the flight out.
31 Eadc8 : I've experienced applause quite a few times on landing for one reason or another. However, I had THIS only happen once. I was flying EWR-PBI on a CO A
32 Phishphan70 : i flew on a delta 763ER on ATL-SFO last april on a beautiful, clear day.... besides the bumps. the whole flight was like a roller coaster, even though
33 B747forever : It actually happened to me for a few weeks ago. On my EWR-LAX flight with CO people began to applause when we landed at LAX. Havent heard any applaudi
34 Post contains links Braybuddy : I always assumed this to be an American phenomenon, as the first time I ever encountered it was on a Pan Am flight LHR-SFO in 1978. Didn't hear it for
35 YVR1968 : Flying into YVR from AKL last December 21 in the middle of a snow storm! We were only at about 250ft when we finally broke through the clouds. The pla
36 AussieItaliano : I grew up in NYC in the 1980's and used to fly to LAX all the time. It seemed very common back then for people to applaud landing in NYC, but not in L
37 ThegreatRDU : I flew JFK-IST after a 4 hour delay in JFK due to inclement weather and when we touched down in Istanbul the plane erupted with applauses and praise.
38 Heathrow : if only it were like this for all jobs. You file a tax return, get up from your cubicle, and everyone starts applauding!! Don't get me wrong, I'm alwa
39 JBirdAV8r : No.
40 SkyGirl : I'm not even sure that pride covers it. I still remember my flight on PI from CLT-LGW, right before everything shifted over to USAir. I've been on a
41 Jeffbart33 : I get the urge to clap when people crowding the aisles finally start to move after we get to the gate. Too Funny! I almost leapt for joy when I flew
42 FutureUALpilot : Heard a few people clap after takeoff (yes, takeoff) on a DL 767 a few years ago...we hardly had the gear up and they were applauding. A few times on
43 _AA_777_MAN : I have flown on LO many times ORD-WAW/KRK WAW/KRK-ORD and there has not been a flight yet where upon landing no one was clapping either in ORD or WAW/
44 Rolfen : I guess some people consider landing to be an artistic performance... In a way, it is
45 Tradewinds : I remember it happening a lot when I was younger -- the whole cabin would clap for a particularly smooth landing. Sadly people don't seem to care as m
46 YVR1968 : Maybe they were happy to be leaving where they were? Where was it leaving from? Come to think of it a recent Jetstar flight from OOL-MEL had a bit of
47 FiestaFlight : Around 1980, I remember a cool Eastern 727 flight from MSY-CZM-CUN. (originated in MSP on NW)...amazing low level, 10-15 minute flight to CUN and appl
48 Ikramerica : Happened for every (just about) landing of the type you've described I've ever experienced. Quite common.
49 Post contains links Gulfstream650 : You're right. From 747 to 172. Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW0Mv15t2Pg
50 Ikramerica : Anyway, it's more appropriate then when people clap at the end of a movie. In a movie theater, where none of the people involved can hear it. Are they
51 Beefstew25 : Probably 75% of my Vegas flights end in applause. Last one was really loud. Maybe because we ran them dry on booze.
52 OyKIE : I remember asking my dad who have worked for SAS for more than 40 years about this. He believes that the tradition of applauding comes from charter f
53 Platinumfoota : Isn't this what we do every time we fly? Cheat death? Ive only heard applause on a flight when traveling to Central America, some people are just gla
54 Swiftski : Definitely not.
55 Sketty222 : Ive been on quite a few flights where Ive heard clapping.Mostly they've charter flights but a couple of them have been on BA and EZY flying back into
56 Nitepilot79 : Every single flight (plenty) I have been on in Turkey has ended with with applause. Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I don't have the urge to clap until the
57 MIASkies : Being of Puerto Rican Descent, my grandparents generation (especially) had and have a tremendous amount of respect for cabin crew and flight crew pers
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