Flights from Japan

Haneda Airport (International Terminal)

Haneda Airport (International Terminal)

If you have ever visited Japan, and sat at the window of a departing flight, you should take a look out of the window after being pushed back from the gate.  When you are pushed back from the gate, the ground crew unhooks the tow and makes sure everything is clear. You can then see them do something very Japanese.  They start to wave as you start to depart and when the plane has just left their work zone, they bow to you.  I know that at several other airports the ground crew will also wave, but I have yet to see them bow.  I also rarely see more than one or two people do it.  The Japanese ground crew all wave good bye and bow every time and I always feel a little sad when I see this as I’m leaving Japan but it makes me love Japan even more.  The little things really add up.  Make sure you look out the window next time you leave Japan.