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Old 23.09.2011, 22:45
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

If I'm touching down with the kids with me on the plane it's usually: how can I get off this bloody plane any quicker, get the kids to bed and get out of the living hell that is "flying with kids".

If I'm touching down without the kids with me it's: how can I get off this bloody plane any quicker and get to my kids to give em a cuddle.
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Old 23.09.2011, 22:47
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Having spent the week in a nice little Derbyshire village with lots of friendly locals and not a sour face or an anal retentive for miles, for once I am not looking forward to coming back to Switzerland.
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You must have been flying FinnAir. I swear, I can't recall ever flying on any other airline where folks clap on landing. I had to resist the urge on many occasions to stand up and inform the passengers that the pilot is paid to get you there alive and doesn't need an ovation.
Landing in Innsbruck with British Airways ditto

Me, I always think "peace at last" as in peace at last in my home rather than staying in a place with family/friends/whoever we have been visiting.

Being away is fun. Being home is better.
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You must have been flying FinnAir. I swear, I can't recall ever flying on any other airline where folks clap on landing. I had to resist the urge on many occasions to stand up and inform the passengers that the pilot is paid to get you there alive and doesn't need an ovation.
Try flying with TAP Portuguese always clap after landing (confirmed by my Portuguese OH)
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

makes you wonder what happens when you crash. Do they boo..or tut loudly as they go down the emergency slides.

I first encountered this clapping in the 70s as a kid on Spantax, where i feel it may have been slightly more justified
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

ahahah you have no idea lol - in my day I had to travel to and thro with little ones on the train, well I mean trains. Train to London, then tube, then train to Dover, then walk to ferry. Off ferry and walk to station, then train to Paris, then 2 tubes, then train to Frasne, then another train to Neuchatel. With a big suitcase (no wheels in those days) 1 baby and 1 toddler.
Those were the days (honest, I really don't know how I did it, many a time.. lol). We were strong lasses in Ye Olde days.
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I'm thinking: I hope I'm out of here soon!
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:03
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I'm thinking: I hope I'm out of here soon!
Jööööööööööh, it can't be that bad eh ?
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That and..bleh work again...
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:15
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Guess some explanation: I love Switzerland, it's my home! But with all the regulation Switzerland has, is just not fun to live there anymore.
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:17
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Landing in Innsbruck with British Airways ditto
On BA? Seriously? I mean, I could always sort of ascribe Finns clapping on holiday flights and such to the drink trolly that would always come first before the food trolly (even on 8am flights) so I just assumed they were mostly pissed and happy to either begin or end their holiday but...Brits? That's a new one for me.
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:27
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If I'm touching down with the kids with me on the plane it's usually: how can I get off this bloody plane any quicker, get the kids to bed and get out of the living hell that is "flying with kids".

If I'm touching down without the kids with me it's: how can I get off this bloody plane any quicker and get to my kids to give em a cuddle.
I hate flying even though in my 20s I spent more than half of any given month in transit and, so, the addition of my daughter at first terrified me since, on a 2 hour flight from STL to BOS, she wailed the entire way. Yes, I was THAT PARENT. I can't remember ever being so mortified. Thankfully, my seat mates were parents in transit without their kids and understood. I vowed to never fly with her again until her teen years after that utterly shattering experience, but then my husband forced the 'gotta go visit the grandparents' card which meant a 12 hour flight experience. But she turned out to be a better traveller than me! I wish I was so relaxed with a coloring book and a movie. To this day, she's a better traveller than I am. On any flight, no matter where to or from, my first and only thought is "GET ME THE HELL OFF THIS TIN CAN". I'm claustrophobic and afraid of heights.

But, yes, motherhood is a complex mix of wanting to flee the horror that is your children and then missing them terribly and pining to return.
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:28
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You must have been flying FinnAir. I swear, I can't recall ever flying on any other airline where folks clap on landing. I had to resist the urge on many occasions to stand up and inform the passengers that the pilot is paid to get you there alive and doesn't need an ovation.
Flying Russian airlines as i do...there is EVERY reason to clap, although the duty free vodka means most passengers can't stand up!


For me...its "can i make Gleis 3 in 13 minutes from touch down?"
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:32
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I first encountered this clapping in the 70s as a kid on Spantax, where i feel it may have been slightly more justified
Clapping is only warranted on Aeroflot and only if your seat remains in an upright position (those who have flown Aeroflot understand. ).

Wasn't Spantax Canary Islands or somesuch?
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:40
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Flying Russian airlines as i do...there is EVERY reason to clap, although the duty free vodka means most passengers can't stand up!
It's anesthesia in case you crash or get whiplash! Russians would never clap, even in the event of a perfect landing. I've never been so nervous as on the Aeroflot flights since you don't need to be an aerospace engineer to know that, well, things aren't really all that ship shape in Aeroflot-world. (And some of the ground crew I was friends with out of Helsinki told stories about Areoflot planes that would make your hair stand on end...) I still wonder what it would take to make Russia what it should be as opposed to what it is...Great country. Great people. Crap airline.
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

I tend to roll onto Swiss ground as my nearest airport is Malpensa.

No passport, nothing to declare and 15 minutes to go.
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Old 23.09.2011, 23:49
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

I just contemplate the lovely wooded hills and feel happy that someone close to me is already waiting at the airport.
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Old 24.09.2011, 00:02
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Re: What's the first thing you think of when you hit Swiss ground?

Fridge is empty, what time is it, can I make it to the supermarket.
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I still wonder what it would take to make Russia what it should be as opposed to what it is...Great country. Great people. Crap airline.
Russia with everything running smoothly and normally, just wouldn't be Russia. Recall what Churchill said: "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". It is why I love it (or her...).

Now on Aeroflot... i will never forget flying from Moscow to Havana in the mid 90's. Fumes filling the passenger space, huge and very unfriendly stewardesses, cracks in the windows, half loose seats, etc. It was an experience... I should have known things would be different when I phoned they Aeroflot office indicating I'd fly with them if they could offer me a better price than what I had a quote for. Heard some negotiation in the background and presto - saved 50% on my flight to Cuba. This was in the days before expedia

My thoughts in hitting Swiss ground:
a) why do I always get pulled out the line to park my car and undergo a full inspection with me having take EVERYTHING out of my car (i can guess why... bald, unshaved, single, etc - i just don't look ehm Swiss)
b) subsequently... once reaching the raw mountains and the picture perfect views... "god I love it here"
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Old 24.09.2011, 00:22
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Russia with everything running smoothly and normally, just wouldn't be Russia. Recall what Churchill said: "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". It is why I love it (or her...).

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My thoughts in hitting Swiss ground:
a) why do I always get pulled out the line to park my car and undergo a full inspection with me having take EVERYTHING out of my car (i can guess why... bald, unshaved, single, etc - i just don't look ehm Swiss)
b) subsequently... once reaching the raw mountains and the picture perfect views... "god I love it here"
Winston was a wise man..and he never flew Aeroflot. The Cuba flight sounds about right....

As for loving it here after getting the shakedown....I suspect you're still on the honeymoon. Unfortunately, I never had that here, but I've had it elsewhere and understand.
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Landing in Innsbruck with British Airways ditto
On BA? Seriously? I mean, I could always sort of ascribe Finns clapping on holiday flights and such to the drink trolly that would always come first before the food trolly (even on 8am flights) so I just assumed they were mostly pissed and happy to either begin or end their holiday but...Brits? That's a new one for me.
It's all true, and the people that are clapping are those with the window seats who've all just seen their lives flash before their eyes

There's a very good reason for it. A picture speaks a thousand works: you're landind down a narrow wee valley surrounded by high mountains with nowhere to go if it alls goes wrong (big diagram), and the window passengers get to see how close to the tops of the mountains you get on the way in and out (bottom right diagram).

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It's a fine line between the passengers clapping, and the passengers crapping, as they say

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