Mr Spaceman
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Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sat May 22, 2004 9:23 am

Hi guys.

In this photo of the Business Class upper deck of a KLM 744, you can see that the seats all have foot long hoses of some sort sticking out of the shoulder area.

I've never seen these hose objects before and I'm curious as to what their pursose is. They look like the microphones that the person uses who takes your order at a fast food drive through.  Smile

I haven't got a clue what they are. I'll take a guess that they're a little speaker so you can hear the movie you're watching without wearing annoying headphones.

I'm sure some has the answer. Big grin What are these things?


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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sat May 22, 2004 9:30 am

They are reading lights on the end of a flexible wire.


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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sat May 22, 2004 9:31 am

They're reading lights. They're on the flexible cord thingie (the technical term  Wink/being sarcastic ) so you can adjust them to the best angle.
 
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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sat May 22, 2004 9:32 am

ok, so he beat me by about a minute
 
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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sun May 23, 2004 2:21 am

Hello ArmitageShanks & PER744.

Thanks guys for your answers. Big grin

OK, so they're reading lights on a flexible wire. That idea never crossed my mind.

I can see the overhead luggage bins don't appear to have reading lights installed in them. Therefore they're attached to the seats, Neat.

It's to bad they aren't microphones for asking the pilots for requests, such as banking over a point of interest on the ground.  Laugh out loud


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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sun May 23, 2004 2:49 am

Hi Guys.

I just came across this picture of the First Class section in the upper deck of a Lufthansa 744 in today's newest photos.

As you can see, the seats have the same type of flexible reading lights attached to them.

I guess I've just never noticed them before.


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RE: Hose Objects On Airliner Seats - Purpose?

Sun May 23, 2004 3:15 pm

AA has the hose-style lights on many of its a/c in 1st and business class. But they also have the overhead lighting in place.

Have you ever been on a late flight and wished that that ONE guy would finally turn off his overhead light? The hose lights work very will and don't disturb others at all.
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