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Soooo many things here.
First, there are some jerks who just stuff their luggage wherever there's a space closest to the front, but American airline boarding preferences tend to prevent this. People with status or near-status or who paid a higher fare are usually seated closer to the front and board earlier, others further back and board later. It doesn't eliminate the *whole* problem, but it does limit it on mainline carriers. On any aircraft that has a premium class(es) that economy passengers walk through, the FAs will not let economy passengers stuff their baggage in the premium class bins until all other space is full (and all premium passengers' luggage is comfortably stowed). Personally, I think we should reverse the system and PAY people to check their bags instead of the other way around (faster boarding = shorter turn time!), but I'm not in charge.
Second, as far as how people stand in lines or board other things, it TOTALLY depends on the LOCAL (if not MICRO) culture. Don't you DARE come to DC and try to shove your way onto public transit. Oh...no no no. You will get told off in a heartbeat, if not bodily shoved out of the way by someone trying to get off or otherwise enforce good behavior. Even if there are a lot of tourists taking public transit during our peak season (which seems to last for 10 months anymore), there are far more locals around, and we will gang up on tourists to force them to conform. "Step back to allow passengers to exit" is the automated announcement that plays when our Metro train doors open, and WE MEAN IT. We form neat little tunnels around the train doors and wait for everyone to get off before getting on. Hoodrat, businessman, average joe...we have RULES.
As for poorer people taking buses (people who take the train in DC, on average, are pretty rich (median HH income of over $100K), but people who take buses, not so much), they, on average, are not jerks, either. Again, I think it's culture. We've cultivated a culture of respect, and young people and men often wave me onto the bus ahead of them, offer me their seat, and everyone lines up respectfully and gets off briefly/moves aside to let others off if it's crowded. Older people, pregnant women, parents with children, the disabled...they get on first, they don't have to ask for seats, etc.
It's simply people who don't understand the culture and/or basic manners who are problematic (COUGH tourists). Today I had to yell at a group of pre-teen girls who were using the escalator as their very own toy by running up the down escalator to get them out of my way so I could get into the Metro without killing myself. Their chaperone was not kindly in her response to me loudly announcing "yeah, that's not funny or cute, get the hell out of the way, people need to use this escalator." Not even joking, an ADULT got lippy with *ME* because I told HER CHARGES to quit dicking around on the escalator dozens of other people were trying to use PROPERLY AND FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE. But it does pay to know your audience. On Sunday, a large group of seemingly well-mannered adults had clogged up the top of the escalator I was trying to go down, and I said "are y'all getting on the escalator or not?" in a neutral tone and they promptly moved aside with profuse apologies. It's a skill you learn living in tourist Mecca...when to pull out the claws and when to ask nicely.
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