It’s not just about seeing the view... it can be hard to see the IFE sometimes with light blazing in- especially of course when directed at your own screen, so just saying everyone affected should get an eye mask is not the answer.
Often it’s possible to go look out the galley window when all the windows are dimmed. I’ve done That. To be fair... it’s more likely for the crew to be okay with it when you’re up front.
I was on a Qatar 787 recently where in business the seat backs are relatively low. I was in 5K and IIRC the young lad in 3A had pointed his personal light at his (highly reflective)IFE screen. It was shining right in my eyes as I was sat up for feed time. Asked the FA to move it and he kindly did.
I’ve often sat on planes and someone’s watch/phone is reflecting the light through an open window either repeatedly flashing across my face or flitting about all over the inside of the cabin. How will wearing an eye mask stop this but allow me to watch the IFE?
Therefore we all have to sit in the pitch dark and watch a movie?
I have not been troubled by this in 28 years of flying, it has happened a couple of times, solved by me putting my arm up on the seat in front to block the light until it stops. Personally I find noise more instrusive than light, like the couple on the *opposite* side of an A346 who decided to watch a movie on her laptop with the sound up to share the experience, or the two pensioners behind me last week flying MCO-CLT with an ipad game with the volume at max making lou d"PING" PONG" SPLASH" sounds randomly. Look, most of the time the sun is not bouncing off screens or in anyone's eyes, it's too high in the sky most of the time. Most of the time, it's simply a brighter ambient light. Now in the circumstances where it is right in your eyes, or on your IFE, then that's the time to speak up. However, this minority of times, is it really reason enough to have the whole cabin sitting in darkness on a day flight?
Put some ear plugs in then. What’s the difference between someone watching a laptop with the sound on inflicting that on everyone else versus you thinking it’s okay to inflict your personal desire to fill the cabin with light on everyone? FYI I had the same happen and asked the cabin crew member to have a word with them. And I also had a bloke in the seat behind me doing the same... I asked him if he’d mind using his headphones... he was, but hadn’t plugged them in! Poor guy was very embarrassed but we laughed about it together.
Many of the comments in this thread reflect a lot about modern society: “I” want “my right” to do what I want so everyone else must put up with it. It’s pitiful.
I travel a lot in my job, as do many other people. Many people in flights are on different time zones. So for one person they may be up all of that day flight... many others are not. If you don’t like a carrier that puts the shades down/dims the windows on a day forget... use a different carrier. Or fly on a private jet.
I suspect a lot of the “it’s my window, I paid for it, I’ll damn well control it myself, not the CC” are the same lot who think people should be shot for any other kind of disagreement with the CC.