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Offline nsua

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Applause
« on: August 17, 2007, 12:59:07 PM »

I just got back yesterday from a two-week trip to Crimea, traveling on Aerosvit New York to/from Kiev.

On both flights, the passengers gave a round of applause when the airline touched down.  I have never noticed such behavior on flights before, including a couple of prior transatlantic trips.  Is this a Ukrainian practice? 

English was scarcely heard on either flight, from passengers or staff; the flight attendants seemed to prefer 'sign language' over English (for a flight ending or originating in the US!).  I assume the passengers were mostly Ukrainian or Ukrainian-American.


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Re: Applause
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007, 01:16:32 PM »
I heard it happen a lot. It must be a european thing I guess.
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Re: Applause
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007, 01:27:25 PM »
Happened on all of my flights except for one where the landing was less than ideal.  Then there was a long pause as if to make sure that the plane would not capsize even after it was on the ground. 
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Re: Applause
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007, 01:54:45 PM »
Is this a Ukrainian practice? 

It's a FSU practice, I believe.

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Re: Applause
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007, 02:34:52 PM »
I heard it happen a lot. It must be a european thing I guess.


I have experienced it in UK and Europe, usually after a difficult landing.
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Re: Applause
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007, 02:47:59 PM »
I have experienced it in UK and Europe, usually after a difficult landing.

Same here, many times, cannot ever remember it when I have flown to the US though?

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Re: Applause
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2007, 07:14:14 PM »
OK, I'll share flight details of my first trip to Ukraine. As some of you who have read my A/S know that on my exit flight back home out of Odessa, there where a group of A/W  along going to Vienna. I was quite on the plane thinking about the girl I was leaving. As we took off everything seemed fine, but after five-ten minutes i heard the pilot over the speaker. Knowing only a handfull of emergency Russian and the urgency in his voice calling the stewardest to the cockpit I knew something was up.

Intensely waiting for the flight crew to return I noticed the locals where, say scared sh!tless. The cockpit door opened and the three UW had tears running down there face. Know I'm thinking, they are crying! :scared0005:. About this time the plane is banking hard port side heading back to Odessa. It seems as though every time you hear of a plane crash, it's shortly after take off. One of the three stewardest was so upset that one of the others had to shake her. I'm thinking this is it! For a brief moment i had imagined fish pecking at my bloated body on the bottom of the Black Sea.

It was a surreal feeling, I could'nt even hear the AW bellowing anymore. As I  looked out the window I could see the airport. Strange thing was that we were going to land away from the main terminal. As we approached landing I realised I was standing up while everyone else was bracing for a crash landing. I had a grip on the avocado green head rest in front of me so tight I about tore it off the seat. As we approached landing the rear tires on the plane made contact, then the pilot gave full power and we took off again briefly, I felt my spirit jump out of my body for a moment :o. We landed away from the main run way. Once we came to a stop applause broke out.

I find out later that the pilot was certain the landing gear on the front of the plane hadn't fully tucked back in the plane wouldn't come out, wouldn't go in. After hearing this from costumer service ::) I asked, where where the fire trucks? Ambulance? No, just that old worn out people transporter.

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Re: Applause
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2007, 07:59:10 PM »
It's a FSU practice, I believe.

I thought it was an American thing!

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Re: Applause
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2007, 08:51:57 AM »

These applause definitely are not Russian tradition. I never saw similar in local flights.

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Re: Applause
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2007, 08:53:22 AM »
I thought it was an American thing!

It is possible American thing after 11th Sept.  :bow:

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Re: Applause
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2007, 10:15:40 PM »
Certainly not American.  We just expect a landing to go well.  A good landing is not to be appreciated, it's to be expected.  They's why they have all the training and get paid so well.  Of all the trips made back and forth, I think most to my memory have featured the applause.   My wife says it's because Aeroflot has such a spotty safety record that Russians are just pleased to have landed safely.  This was going on a decade before Sept 11.  Maybe Ukrainians feel the same about Aerosvit?

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Re: Applause
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2007, 11:19:50 PM »
I have never seen it on any American or Australian flight I have been on. I have seen it on every single Ukrainian and Russian flight I have been on.  I asked the Russian sitting next to me on my last flight and he told me it was because in the old days you didnt know if the equipment would stand the rigors of landing and not crash.

Dont know if that is true, just relaying what he told me.
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Re: Applause
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2007, 07:57:37 AM »

These applause definitely are not Russian tradition. I never saw similar in local flights.


Well my dear Mirror, something is not adding up here.  I have probaby been on some 400-500 American flights in my life, never once has this happened on an American domestic flight.

The first time, and second, third, fourth, fifth time I ever saw this happen was on flights landing in Russia.  And this was five and six years before 911.  The only time I see people applauding are flights landing in Russian, Ukraine, the FSU, or flights landing in other European countries that originated from an FSU flight. 

It might be a European thing, but I can tell you it is also very much a Russian/FSU thing.


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Re: Applause
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2007, 03:54:35 PM »
In my consultant days, I was flying twice a week for years and years in America and Australia.  There was no applause when landing on any of my trips.  The only time I heard the clapping of hands was when I came to Ukraine via Poland.  Touching down in Warsaw and everyone was applauding.  This is most definately not an American thing.


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Re: Applause
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2007, 11:42:01 PM »

Well my dear Mirror, something is not adding up here.  I have probaby been on some 400-500 American flights in my life, never once has this happened on an American domestic flight.

It might be a European thing, but I can tell you it is also very much a Russian/FSU thing.



How can you compare your experience of 400 -500 American flights to her 10-20 Russian flights experience?  :laugh:

Don't ask about my flying experience as I only travel by donkey and only heard the applauding when my FSU donkey trip has landed!

 


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Re: Applause
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2007, 10:04:48 AM »
How can you compare your experience of 400 -500 American flights to her 10-20 Russian flights experience?  :laugh:
Don't ask about my flying experience as I only travel by donkey and only heard the applauding when my FSU donkey trip has landed!

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Re: Applause
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2007, 04:21:28 AM »
I have heard applause at the end of every landing in Ukraine, but not on my few flights in Russia, I don't have enough experience to say whether or not its common on Russian flights, but definitely its a tradition on Ukrainian flights.

I have never heard applause on a single flight on any airline here in the US, or on my flights to Western Europe. It's definitely not an American thing.

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Re: Applause
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2007, 10:49:43 PM »
only times i ever heard applause was landings in russia.
being an aussie was both amazed & horrified at the same time.
1st at watching fellow passengers cross thenselves,close there eyes & get a death grip on seat armrests at take off & then horror when they clapped on landing,why you might ask
alright for them i had to get back on the damn things to go home
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