As a post 9/11 security measure, US Airlines must remove any curtains that block the view down the aisle and block the view of the cockpit door. Northwest and Continental have both experimented with ropes, and Continental has ditched the ropes in favor of a see thru mesh curtain.
I want to know about the logistics of having a rope vs a see thru curtain. On all of my NWA flights (mainly short DC9 segments) they have not used the rope. They did not use it on SFO-MSP which was on a 757 nor did they on a short flight on an A320. I've seen some photos where they do use it, and have heard tales about it. Does it make things a lot harder for the crew? Do people dip under the rope to pass between the cabins?
Continental has a see thru curtain which they now use. I imagine that they use this just like they did with the old curtains. Is this new curtain effective at stopping passenger traffic between the cabins? It would seem to me that the rope would be better for that, but the rope gets more in the way of the crew. Does the new curtain look tacky? Also, if they had multiple sets of these curtains could you see all of the way to the front of the aircraft?
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