« Last post by Clareish on Today at 09:23:23 AM »
I've noticed that this does vary between regionally and international. Right now, I am flying more internationally, and it is whomever up first, gets off first (except for first class or whatever). I really have no issue with this, as you have no idea what people are dealing with. Examples: connecting flights, toilet issues, transport, etc. I am no in a rush (usually), so I sit back with my book. But, when I am ready, people do stop and let me in. I would never think to correct another adult! When I do have connections to make (the airlines seem to be making tighter and tighter connections, I just had an hour in Dublin which was tight!), I do rush and it never seems to be an issue.
Regionally, even within Canada and the USA, people are much more strict about it.
A story: My mother, years ago, hated to fly. Absolutely terrified. So she was one of the first off the plane. It was like a compulsion. I remember I was a teenager at the time and she left the plane way before a lot of other rows had gone on an inter-Canada flight. She left me, she was just that terrified (I was an older teenager, and well able to take care of myself, so please don't think she was being terrible). But, when I went to follow her, a man I did not know put his arm across my aisle seat, effectively blocking me in, and told me to wait my turn and that my mother was being rude by leaving so quickly. Again, he had no idea why my mother, or myself, might want to leave the plane, and I was left shaking my head as a stranger decided that he knew much better than I.
That experience is why I say that the OP handled the situation poorly. You do not get to impose your 'rules' (which are subjective) on anyone else with a lecture. I would not have been quite as polite in response as I would have cared to be, particularly as I often have short connections to make.