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Dimming Cabin Lights

Tue Jul 24, 2001 11:09 pm

I'm just a pax but was curious, what is the reason for dimming the cabin lights prior to takeoff and landing? Is it a safety issue or performance related?
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RE: Dimming Cabin Lights

Tue Jul 24, 2001 11:26 pm

Safety issue. If the cabin is bright and there's an evacuation, passengers' eyes will not be adjusted to the sudden darkness outside.

Also, I appreciate it because of the glare and reflection of the cabin when I look outside the window. I flew into SNA last night and I was annoyed that the pilots kept the cabin lights on for so long. Luckily, they turned them off before landing so I could actually SEE outside.
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RE: Dimming Cabin Lights

Wed Jul 25, 2001 3:06 am

Cabin crew are typically in charge of dimming the cabin lights - not flight crew.
That's the correct reason you've got there, though.

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RE: Dimming Cabin Lights

Wed Jul 25, 2001 3:13 am

Like Modesto2 said: it's for safety reasons
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RE: Dimming Cabin Lights

Wed Jul 25, 2001 3:26 am

I've recently been on several American Airlines night flights and they never dimmed the lights at all. I was wishing they would on a flight into LGA, because the view would have been even more breathtaking, but they kept them up full.

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RE: Dimming Cabin Lights

Wed Jul 25, 2001 5:13 am

I had a rather amusing experience on a recent SIA flight from Changi into Kuala Lumpur. The stewardess announced...'Gentlemen, for night landing, we off the lights ok'

There were no regards for any female travellers and I'm sure there were some as the 777 was packed - but more importantly - the entire announcement had NO use of grammar!

That has to be the worse cabin announcement I have ever heard and was sadly surprised that it came out of the mouth of an SQ crew member. Fleetingly, SQ and Taipei flashed through my mind.  Nuts
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RE: Mas777

Wed Jul 25, 2001 6:02 am

I seem to remember a thread in this forum on this very topic, not too long ago. I'm sure you'll be amused if you go and look for it, and read all the entries there.

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