Other than the Singapore Girl, there are loads of other reasons to fly with Singapore Airline (image source)
Cashmere posted a comment on my post on How to Spot a Brit on a Plane and suggested that it might be way easier to spot a Singaporean on a Plane. Sure enough, it didn't take me long to come up with a surefire way of spotting a Singaporean even before spotting his bright red passport.
The next time round when you step into the airport waiting area, don't spend your time looking for the Singaporean for he will never be at the gate early. Even if he has spent all his foreign currency in the duty free shops, he would tempt fate by rushing to the gate at the last possible moment. Believe me, he gets a kick doing so. At least I do.
The moment he steps into the waiting area, his eyes darts around furiously, looking for an empty seat. Failing which, he positions himself where he will have easy access to the gate - the sole reason so that he'll be at the front of the queue when the call for passenger boarding comes.
Now, you will find it curious as the Singaporean does so even if the flight comes with allocated seats and there isn't really a need to be right up front. There's where you're mistaken for there are really practical reasons for being among the first to board the plane. Born and bred in one of the most densely populated city (or city-state if you prefer), the Singaporean is equipped with the innate ability to come up front of the pack.
The boarding call was made and he is right up at the front of the queue. He can't help but relaxes (but only for a bit) as he knows that it'll be a smooth flight ahead. He has his boarding pass checked, gives the air stewardess a hurried smile before stepping into an almost empty airplane. As he has previously checked in online, he needs no direction from the crew and knows exactly where he'll be sitting.
Being among the first, he has a full selection of the free dailies arranged just outside the cabin door. As he reaches his seat, he has the luxury of leisurely arranging his hand-carry on the top compartment while others are still trying to figure out where their seats are.
He's all set. Settles down comfortably back into his seat with a novel slotted in the netting of the seat in front. He'll never touch that novel for the duration of the flight - it serves only as a backup should the inflight entertainment system fails. Anyway, if that happens, he will rather sleep instead. But carrying a novel with him just seems right.
The Singaporean will be the last to switch off his handphone during a flight for that is his lifeline. He would quickly send a message to his loved ones, send a final tweet or even quickly adjust the time so that it would reflect the timezone of his destination.
Even before the plane take off, he will be twiddling around with the buttons of the inlight entertainment system (IES). It finally starts! He lets out a silent cheer. Darn, if only the earphones are handed out at the onset.
He will stay glue to the IES for the duration of the flight with one eye keeping a lookout for inflight catering. He's never bored of the array of movies. In the unlikely event that he is, there will always be games in the IES to occupy him. In fact, the extensive IES is one of the main reason why he flies with Singapore Airline in the first place.
Once the plane lands, he will be the first to release his seat belt even though there was express instructions by the lead air stewardess not to. Once the plane comes to a halt, he'll be the first to stand, switches on his phone and tremendously relieve that he is once again connected with the world.
Ah, it's great to be home. He thinks to himself while planning where to have a sumptuous meal once he gets out of the airport.
There you go. It's not to difficult to spot a Singaporean on a plane isn't it?