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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 10:48
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Applause?

My daughter has just arrived at LPMA and reports that the passengers all applauded the landing. She's an experienced SLF and said that yes, it was a bit windy going in but nothing special. Is this a thing now? Applause every time a plane lands successfully?
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:00
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My daughter has just arrived at LPMA and reports that the passengers all applauded the landing. She's an experienced SLF and said that yes, it was a bit windy going in but nothing special. Is this a thing now? Applause every time a plane lands successfully?
I personally cringe seeing passengers applaud landings. However i think it is nice that some still show appreciation for pilots
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:07
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It's not new...

1995, - I was in a DC10 from Miami to San Juan. It very noisy and crowded with shoppers and upon touchdown the plane erupted with cheers and applause. I though "Blimey, what usually happens then....?"
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:14
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I shook the hand of the guy driving The Flying Scotsman a few weeks ago. It was a token of my appreciation after a short trip on a heritage railway. Didn't see anyone else cringing. If people want to applaud after a landing I really can't see a problem. It's part of being human.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:17
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763, yes indeed - I will thank people too, and make a point of doing so as I leave the aircraft, but hell, nobody has ever clapped me at work!
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:20
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I'll add that applause after landing is ancient custom on German package holiday flights.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:24
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Grrr Applause.

Belgians are prone to this, I thought we were due for a standing ovation yesterday evening ALC-OST. Yet hardly anyone said a "Thank you" to the back end crew who served them, just walked straight past.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:31
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I'll add that applause after landing is ancient custom on German package holiday flights.
Oh, I remember that so well. What always amused me was that the applause began as soon as the aircraft touched down. I remarked more than once to my wife that they should wait until we have safely vacated the runway before beginning the applause. I always had this mental picture of loud applause as the aircraft slid off the end of the runway into a ravine!

Btw BFM, this type of post is more suited for the SLF forum, not Rumours & News.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:37
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Originally Posted by Repos View Post
1995, - I was in a DC10 from Miami to San Juan. It very noisy and crowded with shoppers and upon touchdown the plane erupted with cheers and applause. I though "Blimey, what usually happens then....?"
i fly through SJU on a regular basis and it still happens on most flights. Just the norm there!
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Every Alitalia flight that I ever went on concluded with applause on landing but I don't know if it was for technical or financial performance.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:41
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I can only recall one instance of applause, which was on landing at Kingston, Jamaica after a flight from Gatwick. in this instance it was probably justified, as we'd all been stuck at Gatwick for 24 hours after our aircraft became unusable.*


* during boarding it was discovered that an engineer who had been working on the aircraft had an expired Licence!

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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:42
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In the days of steam (yes I am that old) it was not uncommon for passengers to tip the grimy and exhausted driver and fireman when they walked past the locomotive after a lengthy trip from, say, Edinburgh to Kings Cross which was around 8 hours non-stop (The Flying Scotsman).
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 11:50
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Iíve had applause recently. It wasnít my greatest landing though so I assume they were clapping for my accurate CDA in Geneva
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 12:04
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As I've always suspected, and confirmed by many of the above posts, it's not a British thing.
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Originally Posted by mcdhu View Post
In the days of steam (yes I am that old) it was not uncommon for passengers to tip the grimy and exhausted driver and fireman when they walked past the locomotive after a lengthy trip from, say, Edinburgh to Kings Cross which was around 8 hours non-stop (The Flying Scotsman).
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Not to reduce their efforts but it wasn't the same crew who did the whole run

Still incredibly hard work, but half the journey they spent sitting in the first compartment adjacent to the loco.

I've been on one flight where applause broke out. LHR was blanketed with thick (and bumpy) fog and we had circled for quite some time before dipping down, with it clearing at around 200ft.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 12:17
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On 19 June 19 I landed at LGW with TK, it was a firm, but not hard, landing, justified by the standing water on the runway. Loads of loud screams from SLF behind me, which changed to applause when the reversers kicked in. I have never understood this mentality. When we arrived at the gate and the seat belt sign was off, everyone got up, including a 6-8year old child who was pushing his way past everyone in the isle. No, he did not want to be first off, stated, in English, he was going to thump two colours of sh1t out of the pilot for scarring his mother and making her scream! Mother kept quiet.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 12:18
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What on earth has this got to do with Rumours and News.
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 12:18
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I get them occasionally, not sure if it's necessarily a "thing".
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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 12:23
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My daughter has just arrived at LPMA and reports that the passengers all applauded the landing. She's an experienced SLF and said that yes, it was a bit windy going in but nothing special. Is this a thing now? Applause every time a plane lands successfully?
With respect, your experienced SLF daughter has no experience whatsoever of piloting an aircraft into a Cat C airport, anywhere. Just because it appeared to her a bit windy, doesnít mean the approach and landing wasnít challenging. In fact, looking at todayís FNC (LPMA) TAF and METARS, the wind velocity was indeed on (and occasionally out) of limits from the most critical direction for a runway 05 approach and landing.

Piloting safely in such conditions requires the application of teamwork, technical training, competency based testing and recent experience. Applause for bringing all these together and safely transporting your daughter and others is always appreciated and recognised with gratitude by us that receive it.




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Old 22nd Jul 2019, 13:03
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Originally Posted by nevillestyke View Post
Every Alitalia flight that I ever went on concluded with applause on landing but I don't know if it was for technical or financial performance.
One of my favourite replies so far. Made me smile!
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