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User currently offlineJetblast25 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 57 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

I'm just a pax but was curious, what is the reason for dimming the cabin lights prior to takeoff and landing? Is it a safety issue or performance related?

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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2868 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Safety issue. If the cabin is bright and there's an evacuation, passengers' eyes will not be adjusted to the sudden darkness outside.

Also, I appreciate it because of the glare and reflection of the cabin when I look outside the window. I flew into SNA last night and I was annoyed that the pilots kept the cabin lights on for so long. Luckily, they turned them off before landing so I could actually SEE outside.

User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

Cabin crew are typically in charge of dimming the cabin lights - not flight crew.
That's the correct reason you've got there, though.

Best regards,


User currently offlineBob/chi-kyu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1258 times:

Like Modesto2 said: it's for safety reasons

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1712 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1252 times:
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I've recently been on several American Airlines night flights and they never dimmed the lights at all. I was wishing they would on a flight into LGA, because the view would have been even more breathtaking, but they kept them up full.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2938 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

I had a rather amusing experience on a recent SIA flight from Changi into Kuala Lumpur. The stewardess announced...'Gentlemen, for night landing, we off the lights ok'

There were no regards for any female travellers and I'm sure there were some as the 777 was packed - but more importantly - the entire announcement had NO use of grammar!

That has to be the worse cabin announcement I have ever heard and was sadly surprised that it came out of the mouth of an SQ crew member. Fleetingly, SQ and Taipei flashed through my mind.  Nuts

User currently offlineTriStar From Belgium, joined Oct 1999, 848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

I seem to remember a thread in this forum on this very topic, not too long ago. I'm sure you'll be amused if you go and look for it, and read all the entries there.

Best regards,


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