Ah yes, the window shade debate...right up there with reclining seats
Personally I love the 787 windows....when the crew don't lock them....when the crew lock them at dark then it's worse than window shades
Dimmable windows allows you to see outside (which let's face it is why most window-seat fans pick the window) without BLINDING THE ENTIRE CABIN IN BRIGHT SUN. It should be a perfect compromise for both parties and I don't understand the hate.
My times on the 787, I've asked the crew to unlock the windows and they did so rather quickly. After undimming my window, several other passengers proceeded to follow my lead.... Just my thoughts
It depends on your crew. From the stories I have heard about US flight attendants such a request would result in your flight being diverted and having your head smashed into a seat by the police
I posted a thread here a few months ago that was moved to the trip reports forum about my experience with RJ’s policy on cabin lighting on morning flights to Europe on their 787s as well as their A321s which of course don’t have dimmable windows.
In the former all windows are dimmed by the crew immediately after serving breakfast and remain so for most of the flight, which on an 11 am flight from AMM to LHR lasting all of five hours is absolutely preposterous IMO.
RJ employed the same forced cabin darkening on a flight to Copenhagen on an A321, also with a late morning departure and an even shorter flying time. They demanded all passengers lower their window blinds, and were insistent and confrontational to those of us who expressed their desire to keep their blinds at least partially open. As unjustified a policy as it felt patronising, like we were small kids trying to stay up past the allowed bedtime.
Not to say the fact already mentioned upthread that one could simply please both pax wanting to sleep and those wanting to look out of the window (or indeed travel in a cabin in daytime conditions during a late morning flight when you are as awake as you could be) by providing blindfolds to passengers. There is absolutely no need to force darken a cabin when there is an easy solution for those wanting to sleep in a lit cabin.
As a matter of fact, I’d be willing to bet that far less light would reach the retina of a passenger wearing a blindfold in a fully lit cabin, than one not wearing one in a fully dimmed 787. I am normally the last person to sign up to conspiracy theories but in this case I really cannot think of any other reason for the flight crew of a 4.5h late morning flight to impose dark cabin conditions than to get as many pax as possible to doze off or at least be subdued, to lighten their workload. In any event I will in the future choose BA for AMM flights unless the price difference is significant.