I recently spent the week in Honolulu on business. I shared my hotel
with a ton of Japanese tourists. One thing that I noticed was that
they would always push the "close" button on the elevator after somebody
boarded. Doing so saves a couple of seconds waiting for the door to
close automatically. I thought this was a little too efficient, but not
a big deal.
I appreciated that spirit of efficiency
when I boarded my flight from Honolulu to Tokyo. As you might expect
the passengers were mostly Japanese. We loaded a new 787 “Dreamliner”
in 15 minutes, with no pushing or fighting over bin space. Having been
on a lot of flights over the years, I found this achievement to be
Admittedly it is a dual aisle plane with
plenty of overhead space, but a big part of the quick loading was the
politeness and efficiency of the Japanese travelers. This was a big
contrast with my experience on Qatar Airways.