jmhLUV2fly
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Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 2:49 pm

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
 
gr8slvrflt
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sat Aug 10, 2002 9:18 pm

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.
I work for Southwest, but the views expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent those of Southwest.
 
L1011
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:29 am

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
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
 
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 12:31 am

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.
 
BR715-A1-30
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 2:24 am

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.
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wilcharl
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 10:05 am

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
 
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RE: Question For AirTran Flight Attendants.

Sun Aug 11, 2002 8:46 pm

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.