I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.Yep. In Japan, the norms are to stand left and pass right. Except in Osaka. This is a thing. Really.
I was scurying down the moving walkway as fast as my injury-won't-let-my-legs-runs body (hence the need for the walkways, I would have never made it without the boost) would let me to catch a plane with the worlds tightest connection (no- I did not book it that tight, a fire changed all of our travel plans). This was Miami International terminal, so I was peppering my excuse me, I'm so sorry, with pardon, and lo sientos, and it seemed to work. But EVERY standing group I came upon, when standing in the middle, would step to the left- where I was prepared to pass. Only ONE person on what seemed like a mile of moving walkways (seriously- worst terminal ever to have to run for a flight) stepped to the right so I could pass left.
I was SO annoyed. Until I realized the bulk of people in that terminal are not from the US. (The only reason I was in there was because the international flight on American couldn't take me, so I was flying LAN). Then I realized maybe I was the person trying to pass on the wrong side, and their cultural norm was to pass on the right.
Thankfully, I didn't run into anyone, nor hit anyone with my backpack. And I made the flight- last person onto the plane.