KBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2480 times:
Pretty self explanatory topic but why did Delta, the only airline that I know of that did such a thing, taxi with the cockpit door wide open. I noticed this on many Delta flights that I took. I was even on a TPA-ATL flight where the cockpit door was open during cruise for about 10-15 mins. Just seemed like a strange practice to me, yet it was cool because you could see everything going on during taxi.
Nosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
NW did this as well, and also kept the curtain b/w 1st and coach open. I remember NW F/A's mentioning that they did this for "safety reasons." My guess is that NW, and probably DL, thought that if a problem arose in the cabin, the F/A's would have quick access to the pilots.
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2423 times:
I used to see it done all the time on DL...open till right before you get on the runway....easier for crew comm, and to pass paperwork through at the gate and while taxiing...was nice to see their engine start procedures.
As for the door being open in cruise...probably because people just plain forgot. Remember, those doors were thin as paper...people knew it before 9/11, and knew they were more of a "privacy" thing than an actual security measure.
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1061 posts, RR: 21 Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
CO now has curtains again between classes. The new curtains though are made of a mesh type material that can be seen through where as the old style curtains where solid fabric. In my opinion it is nicer than the rope that they used to use that gave the feeling that they were holding the cattle back in the pen.
7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3586 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
a little off the subject but when i flew CAPE Air from TPA-RSW last year the pilot had the cockpit window open while taxiing and did not close it until right before take off..he then opened it again once landing at RSW...is there a certain reason for that?
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S12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1785 times:
Alaska did this as well. I was fortunate enough pre-9/11 to be flying SFO-PDX, and while the F/A's were doing the safety brief, I was watching the pilots going through they're check list. I could even hear what they were saying, since my seat was that close. The F/A's closed the door, however, soon after they're safety brief. I did think it was cool, though, to see them run down they're check list
Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 655 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1757 times:
The open window is for fresh air. It is nice to have that breeze coming through while taxiing, then close it right before takeoff since the air will start moving around once again when the aircraft is airbone.
MMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1545 times:
on the subject of the curtains between first/coach....I thought they were removed as there had to be a clear view of the cockpit door throughout the length of the airplane (narrow bodies) Anyone know if this is right?