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"Please Lower Your Window Blinds" - Make Me!  
User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 739 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4131 times:

Not that I wish to sound defiant or rude, but I have never yet been in a position where I was in a window seat when all passengers were asked to close their window blinds (I was on an overnight JFK-LHR last year but in the middle block of seats), but if I was, I really don't think I'd like to keep it closed throughout the flight. Even over the ocean when there is nothing to see, and perhaps even at night, I love to look out the window and just relax and reflect. If its dark, there is no point in keeping it open as there is nothing to see, but equally there is no point in closing it if no light comes in anyway - I know that if dawn comes and all blinsd are open, the cabin will be illuminated, but with just a few open, it shouldn't be a problem.
I am not saying they shouldn't ask us to close them, but just how strict are they when it comes to making sure they are clsoed?

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User currently offlineStarFlyer From Germany, joined Sep 2002, 987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4097 times:

Patrick,

if it's light outside and all the blinds are closed, the aircraft is dark inside allowing the passengers to sleep. You wouldn't believe how much light comes in through one window blind being open while the other ones are closed! That's why they are pretty strict on the airlines that I have been on flying overnight (QF, NZ, LH, SQ). And trust me, if I was your neighbour and trying to sleep, and you'd open the blind, I'd make sure that you'd shut it pretty quick! Wink/being sarcastic

Hope that answers your question, it's just all the light that comes in even if one window is just half open! Haven't seen anyone keep it open for more than 10sec so far!

Regards,
Falko



Yours truly - StarFlyer
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

This happened last year! I was heading from ORD to MUC on a LH A340, we were over England, and the sun was about to rise. The cabin was pitch black and people were still sleeping, it was quite enjoyable. But this little jerk kid opened his window, and this stream of burning light came in, and it feels like it singed my pupils!

Continental


User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

.....And trust me, if I was your neighbour and trying to sleep, and you'd open the blind, I'd make sure that you'd shut it pretty quick! ....

Now if that is not arrogance I don't know what is. If you insist on shutting off all light make sure you carry shades with you. Some airlines give these out anyway and are normally found in the seat pocket.




User currently offlineFUTURA From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

This also happened to me when I was flying over the Italian/Swiss alps, and I missed the beautiful view : Smile Smile(


Vincent
User currently offlineAirliner rx From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

This is one of my pet peeves I want to strangle the jerk that keeps their window open!!!!!!! One thing people seem to loose is manners while flying!!!

User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3983 times:

Well, on BA the stewardess used to come by with a long rod or stick and force it shut against my will, and give me a terrifying glance.... Evil, evil, evil!

I suppose it might have been different had I been older than 13... Now I just don't bother anymore. Even though I absolutely hate sitting in a window seat and being prevented to look outside.  Pissed Idiots! It's unfair, mean, useless and annoying! After all, seeing dawn from the air IS beautiful, and does NOT let in too much light. And they're handing out free eyeshades anyway, so any passenger wishing to sleep at all cost should use them, and the stewardesses should leave me alone with my window!

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineSilverstreak From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 281 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

grow up and shut the blind -

User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

depending on how the seats line up with windows, I've had luck closing it, then opening it for the bottom thrid when i want to peer out. when i peer out i lean foward and not too much light gets in (assuming the sun isn't rising/setting on the side of the aa/c I'm on at the time).


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User currently offlineClipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3856 times:
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Yeah, keeping the shades open when airborne is annoying when there's nothing to see. Even more annoying... on one recent westbound trans-Atlantic flight all pax complied by closing the shades so all could better see their PTV's or sleep. But, one guy would open his shade every 10 minutes or so and "peek" out. Of course there was nothing to see but sun-drenced, BRIGHT white clouds. That was very annoying. It was like waking up in the morning, your eyes very sensitive to light, each time he did it. Each time he did it I was ready to say something, but kept my cool.

User currently offlineTadex From Vatican City, joined Sep 2002, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3851 times:

Blinds should be closed! Great comment "Silverstreak" !

User currently offlineSilver_wing767 From Japan, joined Oct 2000, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

Or you can do what my dad did when he went to across the pacific....When he wanted to peer out the window, He would open it anytime..But the trick was to cover his head and the window with his blanket..That way he got to look outside the window, and nobody was bothered by the bright sun!!

User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

grow up and shut the blind -

I think this comment can be said for both sides of this issue. Everyone paid to be on that plane, you aren't special....if you didn't get the window seat - your fault. One of the things I can't stand is when you have a person get a window seat and then as soon as they get on the plane, they shut their blind and read a book.

If you are worried about light, take a pair of shades with you. The view of the earth while flying will always be something unique that everyone doesn't always get to witness -- so when they are up there, they want to see. The view of dawn from 30,000+ feet is awe inspiring and something everyone should get to see. Before everyone's goes and starts shooting their mouths off about little punk kids...remember, one day you were the little punk kid on his/her first overnight flight and got to enjoy the beauty of the sun rise. How dare you restrict the ability for someone else to enjoy this. It is time for members of this forum to quit being hypocrites and get on with their lives. To those younger members that are complaining about other "kids"...they probably haven't been fed with the silver spoon their entire life and they were on their first transatlantic flight at night. Once you start paying for your own ticket...you can start complaining, but that doesn't mean you are in the right or wrong.


User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

When you grow up, you realize that sometimes you do things voluntarily that you would rather not simply out of consideration toward your fellow man (or woman)......not because you are forced to, but just because it's the right thing to do. By the same token, if keep your blinds closed throughout the flight, but crack them open occasionally to take a peek or snap a photo, your neighbors will see you as a considerate person and will not complain for those intermittent surges of light.

You have to recognize that the world does not revolve around you the way it did when you were a baby.

Pete  Smile


User currently offlineAussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3761 times:

Oh just shut the blind and consider your fellow passenger rather than being that self centred little **** that you are and that your mother thinks is the centre of the universe. while i would not consider stopping anyone from opening their blind quickly to take a peek the case is it does let in huge amounts of light, yes it does, and disturbs many passengers not just a few. they seem to check in their manners and feelings towards their fellow man with their luggage. you want to open that window blind then i am certainly going to tell you to shut if it disturbs me. give me a private jet anyday!!!!

User currently offlinePlane holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3760 times:

I don't travel on airlines which order you to shut the blinds...

I think kids and babies screaming for 12 hrs in a row are far worse then a window which is half open.. I don't hear people then..... I bet Starflyer would. So would be great to have you have as a passenger assuring everyone keeps quiet  Smile 'no offense'

regards, Plane Holland


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Clipper471: I would NEVER close my window shades on a westbound transatlantic flight - not even for a second. They're daylight flights, so no need to sleep, the lights in the plane aren't dimmed and if someone has a PTV visibility issue, that's their problem, not mine.

Quite frankly, when I request a window seat, I do so to SEE something - Greenland, Iceland, other planes. And there is just no justification for making passengers close their shades during a westbound flight - I have never seen that happen before.

On eastbound flights - overnight flights when some people try to sleep, I can half understand the fascist mentality of F/As. But only half. After all, the airlines do hand out eyeshades, and anyone who needs darkness can get it that way for free. And if the sleep of passengers was as holy as they pretend it is (only half the people manage to sleep anyway) then no one would have to sit near the lavatories, where there's always someone standing, often talking. No one would be allowed to talk. No babies would be allowed on board. And snoring passengers would be kicked out.

As none of these things happen - and they all obstruct the sleep of many passengers, having the window shade 1/3 open and peering out with almost the entire face covering it, should not be prevented either.

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

I refuse to shut the blinds EVER!

I was once on a tour bus from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. The trip itself is almost as awe inspiring as the canyon itself. The way it worked was that two rows shared a bling. I had the back half of the blind. She had the front. She kept closing it!!!! She wanted to sleep, I wanted to enjoy the view. Tough cookies for her! I did not pay for the tour not to be able to see anything. Same thing on planes. You vever know what you will see if you are lookimg. People who wish to keep out darkness are able to bring shades. I bring them.


User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

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User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

Ikarus, you've mounted a convincing argument, with those photos!  Big grin

I'm afraid I'm one of those childish ones who cherishes their window (if they get one!) I like to have it open all the time. Even at night - especially when flying over Africa...you'd be surprised what you can see...the stars, the cities, other aircraft, distant storms...it's quite beautiful.

On the other hand, I'm quite timid, and if someone even suggests I close the blind, I do it (albeit reluctantly).

For those who can't open their blinds for whatever reason, you might want to try going back to the galley, there might be a window by the door there (I guess not on Airbus aircraft...)

Regards


User currently offlineZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3610 times:

Wow! There are several narrow minded, arrogant, subjective people here who believe that their opinion is absolute fact and law. Just because they would like the shades to be closed so that they can sleep then that means that anyone opening a blind is rude. Does that mean that if you wanted to lay down and sleep on three seats in your row and the other two people didn't get up and give you their seats then they would also be considered rude by you?

I know it's hard for people like you to look at things from other people's viewpoint but your comments are the same as the other person saying that if they wanted you to stay awake so that they didn't have to listen to your snoring but you went to sleep anyway then you would be acting rude, which is ridiculous.

Wake up people! (get it?) You're not the only person on the earth who matters. Guess what? That person with the window seat also matters and they have opinions and desires too just like you, and they paid for their seats too just like you.

Here's a novel concept - how about if you people stop acting like self-centered jerks and allow others to live their lives in ways other than living through your desires. If you want to sleep then sleep. If you want to stay awake then stay awake. If the person in the window seat wants to look outside then they may look outside. If the person in the window seat wishes to close the blind then they may close the blind. If the blind is open and you wish to sleep then use those handy-dandy sleeping shades.

Me personally, I almost never sit next to a window and usually sleep on flights but I'm not a window shade Nazi and I felt the need to speak out against the asinine fascism on display throughout this thread.

I'm sorry if this reply was a little harsh but it's been my experience that when dealing with insensitive, "I am God" people that the direct and blunt method is the only thing that gets through to them.



I'm not joking! This is my job!
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

Just buy your own sleeping shades and take them with you in your carry on bag, or take the ones the flight attendant hands out for free.

I'm one of those people who love to look out the window and see interesting cloud formations, other planes, cities below, the sun rise, the sunset, and stars at night.



Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlinePilotDreams From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

Any person who closes his or her shade doesn't truly love to fly...i pity them

User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3434 times:

Not directly on point but for those who are advocating that we should close the blind, what is your view on those passengers who keep their damned reading light on when the cabin lights have been dimmed or turned off for night landings? I find that this ruins the whole effect. Do people really need to read when the aircraft is on final approach? What is with that?

I guess these are the same passengers who, if they are given a window seat, immediately close the blind and start reading a book!



Eastern - Number One To The Sun
User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3419 times:

"One of the things I can't stand is when you have a person get a window seat and then as soon as they get on the plane, they shut their blind and read a book."

Some of us request window seats for reasons other than looking out - I am deaf in my right ear, and always request a window seat on the LEFT side of the aircraft. This serves two purposes - I don't have to listen to the person next to me, and I can also put the pillow up against the fuselage wall when I go to sleep, thus shutting out all noise from my (one) good ear.

Dave


25 Squigee : There's a reason it's called a window seat, and not a window-blind seat. If you can't stand having someone look out a window during the flight, I sugg
26 Post contains images Dazed767 : Squigee nailed it before I could. I pick a window seat to LOOK OUT THE WINDOW. I always have my camera in my lap when I fly, just waiting for somethin
27 Rootsgirl : Lets remember, we are on an aircraft - where people are supposed to act in a civil and descent manner towards their fellow neighbours...and for how lo
28 Kcle : I've been on a few daytime flights on DL and they ask you shut the window so people can see the movie that is playing. What do I do? I shut it 1/3 of
29 Ikarus : The next posting will probably read I am Refusing To Bring My Seat Back Forward During The Meal.... No. That's always the guy sitting in front of me,
30 Beefmoney : This what I am seeing on this thread 1. I want the shade down---I want to sleep 2. I want the shade up---I want to enjoy the view For some reason the
31 Sllevin : There's also the story that says "your right to do something ends when it affects others." I love to look at the window as much as anyone. But I also
32 MD-90 : I suppose it's because I'm 18, but I can sleep anytime, anywhere. I don't need the window blind drawn, even if it's brilliant daylight outside and it'
33 Post contains images Strickerje : I know what you mean - The most important thing I've learned in high school is the art of sleeping in broad daylight and while sitting up! Now avoidin
34 Post contains images B747skipper : Please lower your window shade - So people can look the movie... I dont care - I dont watch movies (at home on tv) - And certainly not on airplanes...
35 Jesseycy : Well, I'm actually siding for "Close the Blinds" on this issue...... OK, if it comes down to something stupid like "Close blinds to better see the PTV
36 Elwood64151 : Sllevin: Your statement is slightly erroneous. The quote from a US Supreme Court Justice (whose name escapes me) is "Your right to self expression end
37 Post contains images Backfire : Whatever happened to respecting the authority of the crew on board? If the FA tells you to shut the blind/put the tray up/fasten your seat-belt, surel
38 Post contains images Ikarus : Whatever happened to respecting the authority of the crew on board? The crew have my respect. Until they get on a power trip and try to become wannab
39 Zrs70 : I like to be naked. Therefore I have the right to fly without clothes. WHo cares what others think? After all, I am the one who has to pay for my clot
40 Ikarus : I like to be surrounded by total silence. Therefore I have the right to fly in total silence. Who cares what others think? After all, I am the one who
41 Blink182 : "The world revolves around me" posts aside, If you paid for the window seat, why can't you open the window? On a long flight, who knows what you might
42 Post contains images Backfire : If you paid for the window seat, why can't you open the window? I wasn't aware that window seats were more expensive than other seats on the aircraft.
43 Climbout : Ikarus- You summed it up real nicely with those pictures. Thank you!
44 Delta-flyer : Many of you are neglecting one small notion ... reason and common sense. You show deference toward your neighbors and they will reciprocate in kind. B
45 Beefmoney : Once again I will bring up this question: Why do the people who want the shades down think that their request overrides the requests of people who wan
46 Flyboy36y : I think, that the reasons that the "windows open" people win are: 1) They got a window seat. If they keep it open this was probably for a reason! They
47 Phxinterrupted : Maybe airliners.net should limit the number of words per post. These diatribes are ridiculous!
48 ToFlyToServe : In B747 Skipper really weird post he mentioned that CDs could not be played. Is he just just blowing steam or is there an airline that really makes y
49 Delta-flyer : ...You want it down, we want it up..... So you compromise! That's what intelligent people do. That's what I've been trying to tell you --- why isn't i
50 BH346 : I know what you mean. I was en route from Osaka to Detroit somewhere over the Yukon or Alaska. I'm staring out the window at mountains and lakes that
51 Fpdonald : "As a courtesy to other passengers . . . please lower your window shades." Would that present a better tone, a glimmer of understanding and/or that yo
52 Post contains images GotAirbus : Ikarus, I highly support your comments on opening the window. However, I do sometimes think about the sake of other people's comfort (esp. their eyes)
53 Beefmoney : Fpdonald: Lets change this:"As a courtesy to other passengers . . . please lower your window shades." to this:"As a courtesy to other passengers . . .
54 Stratofish : I´m pleased to see this thread going into the 'shade up' direction. I can´t believe that ppl who say they are into aviation want all ppl to close th
55 Fpdonald : Beefmoney, et al - it's disparate. The request to lower window shades is usually presented after the evening cabin service and prior to "most" passeng
56 Post contains images Matt777 : EYE-SHADES, people, the answer is eyeshades... Regards from Argentina, Matt Vivaldi
57 Boeing nut : If I was next to a window, and someone told me to shut the blinds, I would nicely explain that I have a right to keep the blinds open. There is no reg
58 HlywdCatft : Its kind of hard to keep the windows shut when the airline you fly doesnt offer any in flight entertainment. You can't read because the lights have to
59 DeltaBoy777 : First of all I think this is gotten way out of hand here!! For pete sake just close the window shade when it's morning!!! And if you don't want to, th
60 Sllevin : Might as well say "if you're a real aviation person you'd be sitting in the cockpit!" If you don't have an at least a commercial pilot's rating (bette
61 Flyboy36y : It is intresting how the "windows-down" crowd has not yet given ONE reason why they cannot wear eye shades. I was once asked to lower my shades on a C
62 Elwood64151 : Delta-flyer: Some of us aren't teen-agers. Boeing nut: Actually, if the crew tells you to do something, you have to do it, unless it violates your civ
63 Boeing nut : Elwood, I'll take what you said with a grain of salt. What you said is true about doing what the crew tells you to. But that is with a safety issue. I
64 Post contains links Gate Keeper : Airlines: 1). cram passengers in a narrow tube. 2). deprive them of oxygen 3). serve them a drug And we question why people act the way they do on air
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