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Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:16 am

I've just arrived in Lithuania on an uneventful flight from Germany. Upon landing a good number of the passengers gave a loud applause. What was interesting to see was that it appeared to be passengers "returning home" rather than those "visiting" that did this.

It got me thinking, are there certain countries and cultures where clapping on a flight is still normal? What are your experiences with this?
 
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:29 am

I just flew from LED to MXP on Rossiya (Aeroflot) on a totally uneventful flight and upon landing, the largely Russian passengers broke into applause. I've had this happen on flight to/from Latin America as well, but usually when the flight has been a little more challenging.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:35 am

Another stupid modern phenomena
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:43 am

People who usually don't fly a lot tend to clap. In France, people tend to clap on low-cost carriers on flights to/from vacation destinations (ie, people who fly only once a year or every few years). Palma de Mallorca to Paris would be a clapping flight.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:46 am

Oh yes, it's common in Latin America, and also has happened without fail on all of my flights to/from Morocco. Although only in Economy in both regions. Ridiculous, for sure. However, most of the times, when I can be bothered, I chime in with really heavy handclapping and a jovial shout of "BRAVOOOOO!!!!". That usually makes people around me stop clapping and think...and from their looks, I actually think that some realize the stupidity of what they (or, we) are just doing. I wonder why my teenage kids hesitate to fly with me, though....
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:46 am

I was flying from Madrid to Barcelona, the flight was normal well except for the kid behind me kept on kicking my seat, when we landed everyone started clapping.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:46 am

andymartin wrote:
Another stupid modern phenomena


It is not "modern" at all and I don't see anything "stupid" in it. People are just glad they reached their destination. Not everybody wants to seem as cool as you.


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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:48 am

When we landed in Goose bay on AF066, there was also a lot of clapping. But it is another story...
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:57 am

I concur - not modern or contemporary at all. Ever since I consciously stepped onboard an aircraft - at an early age of 3/4 in the 70ies, I was amused to witness "the shampoo fachverkäuferinnen (salon grade shampoo retail experts) roadtrip", clapping glady away after touchdown. I personally find it rather cringe worthy tbth - but yeah not harmful at the same time.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:00 pm

Yes, it is most probably a cultural thing.
On dozens of package flights to/from the UK, the Brits on board viewed the flight much as they would a bus-ride.
But on one of my few flights to/from Italy (non-charter) the Italians on board broke into spontaneous applause upon landing, apart from the ones who couldn't wait to undo their seat belts and start unloading the overhead lockers.... whilst the aircraft was still decelerating down the runway :banghead:
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:16 pm

Happens every time I've gone from TPA to SJU. Seems to be former residents excitedly returning for a visit. Nice tradition!
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:28 pm

My favorite is when everyone claps and the plane crashes. I think this happened on a TACA flight back in 1993.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:37 pm

I have only experienced it once before, and that was on an NW DC10 in Shannon, back in '87 ... it was a greaser. (Probably an autoland, in retrospect).

I've seen this meme go around on Facebook ... "the perfect date, but she claps on landing". I couldn't resist adding a little comment. "She could at least have completed the "after landing" checks first" ...
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:42 pm

I think it is tacky and a slight bit annoying, but I don't lose any sleep over it. Usually the landing will have woken me up before the clapping. ;)
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:55 pm

kaitak wrote:
I have only experienced it once before, and that was on an NW DC10 in Shannon, back in '87 ... it was a greaser. (Probably an autoland, in retrospect).

I've seen this meme go around on Facebook ... "the perfect date, but she claps on landing". I couldn't resist adding a little comment. "She could at least have completed the "after landing" checks first" ...


Most autolands tend to be rather firm, if it was a greaser you can credit the pilots.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:01 pm

Super80Fan wrote:
My favorite is when everyone claps and the plane crashes. I think this happened on a TACA flight back in 1993.


Also happened on the AF plane that crashed in YYZ a few years ago. Passengers relieved that they could land despite poor weather but the aircraft ended into the ditch.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:11 pm

I'm going to take a big risk here.... it goes back to my own experience, and my gut feeling at the time. And now it appears to be supported by everyone's comments.

Here is a list of the countries mentioned (so far);
Lithuania
Italy
France
Spain
Puerto Rico
Ireland
and Latin America

There is a common connection, but I fear a heap of abuse landed on my head if I say it.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:24 pm

The only place I’ve regularly seen this happen is in the US. Honolulu to Maui and about 5 flights to Vegas - one on a transcontinental red eye.

Used to happen a lot back in the days of Virgin Blue when the cabin crews also had to be qualified standup comedians.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:27 pm

Israelis do this all the time (but especially on El Al)
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:32 pm

Every Flight I operated at Skyservice. Upon touchdown all passengers would clap. If I was sitting in a Jumpseat Mid Cabin near passengers I would say.... " Why are you clapping? We haven't stopped yet ( with my evil grin ) " Their Faces would drop and clapping would stop. haha. Never understood the claping thing....... Clapping should commence once cleared the active Runway. :-)
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:34 pm

I experienced in all Eastern European Countries, especially Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia it is rather common to clap after a flight. People told me it is in order to thank the crew for a good flight.
Well last week, after two missed approaches and diversion to HAJ, people also were relieved when on the ground
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:42 pm

The clapping being for the pilots, the question is: can they hear it?

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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:44 pm

Here in Brazil i've flown several, several times and never seen clappings...
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:48 pm

Clapping in Russia and the states of the FSU is common and happens on every flight. It's the culture and has been happening for many years.... Remember how dangerous Aeroflot was in the 80s and 90s? People knew this and were happy to safely arrive, so they would clap. It's also a sign of appreciation for the pilot and crew. I've flown around Russia 20+ times and experienced clapping each time, as well as Ukraine.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:55 pm

Perfectly acceptable cultural show of appreciation for a job well done. Much like after a musical or theatre performance or a rousing speech. Yes not every culture shares it.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:56 pm

andymartin wrote:
Another stupid modern phenomena

A token gesture for the pilots may be a bit silly but I don't know about stupid. Certainly not modern - I first witnessed this as a child in the 80's.

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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:03 pm

My (limited) experience is that it's more common on charter flights. The only time I've heard it on a non-charter flight was on a KLM flight where it was announced that it was the captains last flight before retirement.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:05 pm

I found myself on over 100 flights last year. I only experienced clapping on two flights: LAX-OGG and OGG-LAX (mainly tourists). This should answer your question pretty comprehensively. LOL
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:07 pm

I can add Manila to the list of clapping destinations.
With so many filipinos/filipinas working lengthy spells abroad I guess they are very happy to be back home.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:14 pm

JannEejit wrote:
Perfectly acceptable cultural show of appreciation for a job well done. Much like after a musical or theatre performance or a rousing speech. Yes not every culture shares it.


Clapping is one thing. But I'd draw the line at having a whip round for the pilot! :rotfl:
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:16 pm

When flying to Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic it happens all the time (particulalry on flights with high percentage of VFR pax). Also flew LY frrom LAX to TLV and upon landing in Israel the passengers broke out in applause. After flying to Mexico, Argentina or Chile numerous times never experienced it on these flights.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:19 pm

JannEejit wrote:
Perfectly acceptable cultural show of appreciation for a job well done.

HHScot wrote:
Clapping is one thing. But I'd draw the line at having a whip round for the pilot! :rotfl:


That depends; if it's an Easyjet flight, you might need a whip round to pay for the fuel to get home.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:21 pm

I enjoy it when people do give applause. I've experienced it only a bit:
SEA-OGG (applause on landing)
XJD-BWI (applause on wheels-up and wheels-down because we were going home after an Afghanistan tour)
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:45 pm

It happened to me a few time flying to Morrocco,Venezuela and Italy,even if It's becomming less usual. I think It's common on flights to hollidays or for people that are not used to take the plane.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:07 pm

I flew ATL-EYW on a DL737-700. We landed in EYW and everyone clapped. I have it on video to prove it.
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:06 pm

MalevTU134 wrote:
Oh yes, it's common in Latin America, and also has happened without fail on all of my flights to/from Morocco. Although only in Economy in both regions. Ridiculous, for sure. However, most of the times, when I can be bothered, I chime in with really heavy handclapping and a jovial shout of "BRAVOOOOO!!!!". That usually makes people around me stop clapping and think...and from their looks, I actually think that some realize the stupidity of what they (or, we) are just doing. I wonder why my teenage kids hesitate to fly with me, though....



Sorry to disagree but I wouldn't say it's common in South America because it rarely happened on my flights there; I just saw this silly behaviour with groups os tourists flying back home after holidays and it happened all over the world.
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:59 pm

CometOrbit wrote:
I can add Manila to the list of clapping destinations.
With so many filipinos/filipinas working lengthy spells abroad I guess they are very happy to be back home.


I've flown through Manila 2 times and neither of those flights had clappers, but I think it's dumb
 
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:04 pm

It's an old tradition and some people who don't fly that regularly still do it. Dates back to the days when pilots were still heroes and getting the plane safely to your destination was quite a challenge and succeeding an achievement. Back then you had something to clap for, which was common of course. People also clapped on the ground on flight shows. But time moved on, flying became easier and less of a challenge, so the reason to clap disappeared. Still, some people were not updated and still clapped.

This is the stage we are today. People who regularly fly know there is nothing to clap for, flying a routine flight is easy. Besides, they don't hear it anyway. The cockpit door is completely sound-proof. Only the people who rarely fly are not up-to-date on this and still clap.

If you ask me, only when something out of the ordinary happens which is a challenge for the pilots there's reason to clap. For a routine flight where nothing special happens, why would you? That's no challenge at all.
 
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:44 pm

Had it happen on a couple of flights quite some time ago. The flights in question were both BA 2036 MCO-LGW in summers of 1994 and 1996. Never did understand why they applauded when the flights in question were very smooth and uneventful.
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:24 pm

PatrickZ80 wrote:



If you ask me, only when something out of the ordinary happens which is a challenge for the pilots there's reason to clap. For a routine flight where nothing special happens, why would you? That's no challenge at all.


Clapping is simply a sign of appreciation for a job well done, ordinary or not. Like a "Thank you". Nothing wrong with that.

And yes pilots can sometimes hear it (see video in my previous post).
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:37 pm

Is it really appreciation for the pilots?
Or just mass relief that the pax all got back down to earth again in one piece?
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:10 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Is it really appreciation for the pilots?
Or just mass relief that the pax all got back down to earth again in one piece?


If they got back down to earth again in one piece, who's responsible?
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Re: Passengers Clapping

Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:45 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Is it really appreciation for the pilots?
Or just mass relief that the pax all got back down to earth again in one piece?

ro1960 wrote:
If they got back down to earth again in one piece, who's responsible?

I think you will find that mostly they are thanking God for that!
(Check out the countries listed in this thread, and look for the common link)
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:40 am

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Is it really appreciation for the pilots?
Or just mass relief that the pax all got back down to earth again in one piece?

ro1960 wrote:
If they got back down to earth again in one piece, who's responsible?

I think you will find that mostly they are thanking God for that!
(Check out the countries listed in this thread, and look for the common link)


USA?
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:02 am

ro1960 wrote:
If they got back down to earth again in one piece, who's responsible?
I think you will find that mostly they are thanking God for that!
(Check out the countries listed in this thread, and look for the common link)[/quote]
ro1960 wrote:
USA?

Do please explain yourself.
Is the USA the only country listed?
Or the only country that counts?
And if it is, are you also saying that the USA is Godless?
Or are you saying that Trump is God? :lol:
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:07 am

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
Do please explain yourself.
Is the USA the only country listed?
Or the only country that counts?
And if it is, are you also saying that the USA is Godless?
Or are you saying that Trump is God? :lol:


None of the above, just asking if you were refering to the USA.
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:34 am

ro1960 wrote:
None of the above, just asking if you were refering to the USA.

No. In fact I was mostly referring to all the other countries listed except USA.
I was personally surprised to find clapping occurred on any US flights at all, but then I reminded myself that the US is a melting pot of different cultures, and particular flights might include a majority of say Hispanics, Latinos, or whatever
It's even possible that some US aircraft are full of French-speaking Canadians!
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:34 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
ro1960 wrote:
None of the above, just asking if you were refering to the USA.

No. In fact I was mostly referring to all the other countries listed except USA.
I was personally surprised to find clapping occurred on any US flights at all, but then I reminded myself that the US is a melting pot of different cultures, and particular flights might include a majority of say Hispanics, Latinos, or whatever
It's even possible that some US aircraft are full of French-speaking Canadians!


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Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:59 pm

ro1960 wrote:
Clichés always tend to warp reality. It's best to stay away from them.

I'm afraid you are speaking in riddles (again). Please explain that comment, if only so that I can understand which clichés I used.
"Melting pot" is an obvious example, I guess, but why was mentioning it a bad thing?
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Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:24 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
ro1960 wrote:
Clichés always tend to warp reality. It's best to stay away from them.

I'm afraid you are speaking in riddles (again). Please explain that comment, if only so that I can understand which clichés I used.
"Melting pot" is an obvious example, I guess, but why was mentioning it a bad thing?


I was referring to the use of clichés in general and in this thread in particular, not just by you. From my experience passengers from Latin countries don't clap more than those from Anglo-Saxon countries but somehow people tend to think that they do. I think it's more a matter of what type of airline you're on (legacy vs LCC).

You're referring to French Canadians in your post. I'm not getting the reference but it does sound like a cliché (which I'd be happy to understand).
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