Bsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1397 times:
I guess that, as a human factors engineer, I am a little over-sensitive to poor design. But what things have you come across that really bug you, simply from poor design? This is not only a question for the professionals, but also the "Self-loading cargo" and anyone else who is unfortunate enough to come across these things.
A couple of examples for you:
I frequently fly at night as a passenger on a 738. Being the "hours of darkness", the FAs dim the lights for take-off. Of course, everyone reaches up to turn on the overhead light. However, the switch for the light is not lit, and EVERY SINGLE time it happens, half the passengers inadvertently press the "FA Call" button.
In the Harrier GR7 (it should be the same for the AV-8B), the trim adjust switch is right next to the selective jettison button. You would be amazed at the number of baggage pods, external fuel tanks etc that have been dropped on unsuspecting (and probably innocent) souls.
There are plenty of others, I am sure - so share them with us!
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Jsuen From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
Here's one: lavatory doors which fold in the middle. I was on a CX A340, and I noticed quite a number of people kept pounding on the door, not being able to open it. They eventually gave up and went to the lav with a conventional door. Upon examination, I realized that all of the No Smoking and smoke detector tampering stickers on the door were both in English and Chinese, but somebody forgot to translate "Push".
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1234 times:
something that bugs me really, is the headsets that the F/As distribute in hermetic nylon bags. I know that the headset has been used hundred of times, is full germs and whatever, and it is not because F/As spend 20 minutes after every flight re-melting nylon bags around them that I will start thinking that these are new headsets...
Luzezito From Spain, joined May 2001, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1206 times:
The seats on Russian Tu 204 and some IL's come with light and ventilator at the back of the row in front of you (where PTV's would be), which means that if you are reading anything the light is going to light the cover of the publication but not the page you are reading. Also if what you are reading is big, you will not get any air from the ventilator. Isn't that poor engineering?