Englandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5579 times:
I'd wondered that too!
I guess it's so if there is an emergency & the cabin lights go out, people wont be left in complete darkness.
Although I have noticed that on some carriers (by veiwing photos) often t/o & land with shades down.
Delta73Spilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5548 times:
It has to do with evacuation in case of an accident! Before he flight attendants open the doors , they need to make sure that there is no danger outside,I.e. smoke, fire, fuel leak and so forth. In that case they will open only the exits to the safe side.
I hope that answers your question!
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5533 times:
I have come to believe its all part of situational awareness. With windowshades open, you can instantly see what is going on, where you are, what the status is outside the aircraft (fire, ...) and other things.
Spaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
I think it's because most people like their windows open. Especially during takeoff and landing. And the airline want people opening their window on the ground, so all the windows will be uniform without exceptions. Otherwise you'll have a plane with windows open here and there, some close some open, looking very disorganized. It also give a bad image to the airline.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5503 times:
For United, this is not a policy. UA has specifically instructed FAs that it IS NOT a requirement that we have pax raise their shades during takeoff & landing. Many FAs have been erroneously telling pax to do this and it must have somehow gotten back to management.
Personally, I still instruct passengers ONLY at the WINDOW EXITS to raise their shades, and I will continue to do so. The reason being is that in the event of an evacuation you must ensure there is no obstruction, smoke, fire, or debris near the exit door. You can only see any of this if the shades are up. If there IS any fire, obsruction, or debris, you obviously cannot evacuate from that particular exit. This is drilled into us during emergency procedures training.
However, regarding non-exit window shades being up, the rationale for FAs insisting upon this is that if pax notice any peculiarities (such as smoke, fire, or anything else unusual on the tarmac), they can readily inform a crew member. We often rely on passengers to be our eyes and ears since we cannot see anything outside during taxi.
And for that reason, many of United's FAs still disobey that policy and continue to instruct all pax to raise the shades. Again, I'll only do it if it pertains to overwing window exits. Sorry, boss.
Airnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2538 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5423 times:
Virgin Flyer...... When did you travel with them? I was on them a year ago and they said not to put the shades up. Also my sister flew on them a week ago and they did not instruct them to put the shades up.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5400 times:
I flew SQ December 1999 and February 2000, and Air New Zealand in April 2000. In fact, I remember that it wasn't on all legs, but we definitely had to open them when I returned to Auckland on SQ, and when we arrived in Rarotonga on NZ.
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
Evilboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5362 times:
The only preperations i have ever heard of and seen when a plane is taking off or landing is the dimming of cabin lights. I asked some of the sky waitress this and they told me its so in the case of an accident, they would be used to the darkness in a night emergency
Dash8tech From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 732 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5344 times:
Back in my Navy days on a detachment to Miramar a friend and I asked this very question to the flight attendant on our C-9 (DC-9) flight. He told us it is so rescue workers on the ground can see where people are or are not or if there, to see if they are visibly alive in an accident or incident. Kind of morbid he told us but that's what they were told in training.
Airnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2538 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5343 times:
A little of the subject here but Virgin Flyer......
How did you like my hometown Rarotonga?? I come from Avarua so i think Raro is a beautiful place. My sister recently flew to NAdi (Fiji) and they also did not tell the passengers to put there shades up on both flights. They flew on the 744. When i am at AKL airport and am at the viewing tower i always see aircrafts especially Air Pacific... with there shades down. I must admitt it does look messy.
Where abouts in AKL are ya??
Haere RA from New Zealand
PS i will ask my sister tomorrow if and why they put the shades up as she works for AirNZ.