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User currently offlineJmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

Simple question; Why are window shades required to put up for take off and landing?
I hear other airlines do not practice such procedures.
Thanks,
JMH

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User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1598 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1973 times:

1. Safety - To allow the eyes to become acclimated to outside light conditions in case of an evacuation.

2. Safety/Security - So the passengers can be aware of what is going on outside of the aircraft in case of evacuation or security breach.

Other airlines require shades to be raised but not all. I think its a good idea. AirTran also often asks shades to be lowered after block-in to help keep the cabin cool.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1667 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
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I was on an American Airlines flight operated by TWA last week which also required windowshades to be up. And I've seen this on some foreign airlines as well. They also require armrests to be down for takeoff and landing.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineSeiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

TWA has always asked for window shades to be raised for take-off and landing. The reason I've heard several times from TWA cabin crew is for those inside the aircraft to be able to see fire outside in an evacuation and for rescue crews to be able to see in if necessary.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

I always keep my window shades up (That is the point of getting a window seat). But in-flight, if the side of the aircraft I am on is facing the sun, I will put it down.

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

pax over the wing are able to see the exit and whats behind it, pax and crew do not need to allow their eyes to adjust if it is a light differntce (eyes are already adjusted) and pax can see if there are any loose rivits on the wings or fairings flying off to notify a friendly crewmember

User currently offlineWilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1796 times:

need I add that airtran has had several cases where an aircraft had to be evacuated due to smoke, hyd. failure etc... they are very experienced (perhaps the most experineced) in evacuations, and have done them sucessfuly in every case.

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