I have never understood the cache or extra value of being the first one on the plane. In fact, I pride myself on being the LAST one on the plane. Who in their right mind wants to spend any extra time in an airline seat? Perhaps this is a byproduct of being six foot six, but I usually have great luck being last. Everyone’s already seated, so it’s quick and since everyone is in their place, the flight crew will sometimes shuffle someone around to help me get an unoccupied seat next to me.
Be nice, acknowledge the flight crews and do what you can to make their lives a little easier instead of being a pain in the ass and its amazing sometimes how much better you are treated by these two simple things.