shankly
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Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 6:53 pm

Come on you pilots and ops people. Why does this happen but you can still use the reading light?
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eg777er
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 6:54 pm

It's so if there is an emergency at night then people's eyes will be accustomed to the darkness if they need to evacuate the aircraft.
 
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DL_Mech
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 8:28 pm

I watch Korean Air 744's take-off at night with cabin lights in full bright every time. Draw your own conclusions.
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 8:50 pm

We do it simply for passenger comfort. At night, it is much easier to look outside without the glare of cabin lights on the window. I beleive that it makes for a more enjoyable night flight for the people looking outside. Those that need to work or read should have plenty of light from the reading lights.
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 9:39 pm

Then why do most (US at least) airlines still dim lights during the day?
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 9:44 pm

i think CX dimmed their cabin lights for both take offs and landings at night.....it sure makes viewing a lot easier. Especially those nights at Kai Tak.....oh....i miss the landings at Kai Tak.....      

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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Fri Jun 09, 2000 10:32 pm

DL_Mech: is that an empty flight? During the transition from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok (Hong Kong's old and new airports), all flights which flew from the old airport to the new one had its lights all on.
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 12:45 am

Eg777ER is right, the reason why they dim the cabin lights at night is for safety reasons. In the event of a failed take-off at night and the lights go out, the eyes of passengers would already have been accustomed to the darkness. If you think about it, it might significantly reduce a stampede and panic as people try to grope around in the dark if the lights suddenly went out and they're eyes aren't accustomed.

I hope this bit of info helps!!



Cheers!

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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 12:50 am

The lead FA on a recent WestJet flight told us that they were dimming the cabin lights to make the flight attendants look more attractive!
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 12:52 am

heya
now i know, i thought i was the only one around here wondering the same question.
But i tried to work it out for myself.
I thought it would have been so that the plane can have its full power on take-off....anyway, i guess im wrong

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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 4:54 am

Hi to all,

I would advise you to hit the "Search" button and type either
- Cabin Lights During Take-off
- Dimming Cabin Lights
- Dimmed Cabin Lights

If you want to spare yourself the trouble; the aforementioned "safety reasons" hold the truth.

Best regards,

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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 8:35 am

God, to think a "mundane" topic like this could generate so much interest and confusion! Cabin lights are dimmed, so that in case of an emergency evacuation after a crash landing passengers and crew can see better as they are already used to the darkness. I would assume cabin lights are also dimmed (to answer the question regarding day flights) is that it eliminates as many potential ignition sources should a forced landing be carried out. I do know that it is NOT done so people can have a good view!! Re. individual reading lights-I have no idea. It could be that the airlines don't whant to come accrosss as completely paranoid, or when some old lady asks a F/A "where is the reading light, dear," that the reply does not put the poor thing into cardiac arrest. Passengers don't care to hear about possible crash landings-it's bad PR!!!
 
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Sat Jun 10, 2000 9:07 am

Y'no? I wish the lights would stay off for the entire flight, more relaxing that way.
 
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RE: Ryaneverest

Sat Jun 10, 2000 9:41 am

All of the Korean Air 744 passenger flights that I mentioned are scheduled from ATL to SEL (stopping at ORD).
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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RE:DL_Mech

Sat Jun 10, 2000 10:38 am

Does ATL have 2 services of Korean Air? I know there is a DFW-ATL-DFW-SEL and it arrives at DFW at like 11:15pm..
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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Mon Jun 12, 2000 2:22 am

I was recently on several Qantas night flights, both international and domestic, and the lights were not dimmed on any of them. I was wishing they would dim them, because a night approach into a large city is more spectacular when the lights are dimmed, but they didn't.

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RE: Dimmed Cabin Lights At Take-off

Mon Jun 12, 2000 4:14 am

I was on a First Air flight from Yellowknife to Edmonton on a 737-200 Combi in the early morning. The winter mornings are dark, very dark, the FA told us that it was standard night take off/landing procedures required by law. Apparently for pax safety, evacuation precautions and so the pilots can see better, dont ask me about the last reason, I dont see how it would affect it to much.
If its a night flight they tend to keep the lights off, if its an early morning flight they will turn them back on once at cruise altitude.