Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
I have a question for you, why doesn't QF dim the cabin lights during take off and landing - particularly when coming in / out of Sydney which is surely spectacular at any time of the day - but particularly pretty at night?
WLG-Spotter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1373 times:
Further to Mx5_boy's question, I noticed "most" if not all airlines maintain the practice to ensure that passenger cabin windows are open during takeoff and landings. I remember someone told me the reason for that before, but I can't remember now. Some can anyone of your who knows answer this?.. Why do airlines make sure cabin windows are open during takeoff and landing?
Andrew From Singapore, joined Dec 1999, 369 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1290 times:
Most airlines dim or turn off the cabin lights during night take-offs and landings so that in the event of an accident such as a fuselage separation, in which the lights would most certainly go out, the eyes of everyone on board would already be reasonably adjusted to the darkness outside.
This would speed up reaction time rather than wait a few seconds for the eyes to adjust. Remember, in situations like these, a second can make a big difference.
I too have noticed that QF leave their cabin lights on during TO's and landings while spotting in MEL and SIN, have also noticed that NH (All Nippon Airways) does the same.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
Not always up to the airlines themselves...
In the UK (and I would guess most other countries) it is a legal requirement for the cabin lights to be dimmed when departing/arriving during the hours of darkness. Only in conuntries where there is no regulation on the subject can airlines choose their own company policy.