|Quoting zckls04 (Reply 99):|
I fly twice monthly on flights which span 8 timezones. I often rely on natural sunlight to regulate my body and minimize jetlag. Stop assuming everybody is like you; there are good reasons for wanting natural light.
And there are very good reasons to want it dark. And there are very good reasons why one side might have all windows closed and another side all windows open.
Some simple examples:
Flying Asia LHR, midnight departure. It does not matter if they are open or closed. I flew last time window seat with window open all flight. There was nothing really to see.
Flying Asia LHR, late morning departure. All windows on the left are closed. Some on the right are open, some are closed. The reason is sun comes from the left and the glare is horrendous. Opening those shades affects absolutely everyone including those watching a movie, reading a book, working on their laptop or sleeping. If I pick a window seat, I pick one on the right so I can have a look and not annoy others.
Flying LHR to Asia, noon departure. Shades on right are closed due to glare. On most flights all shades are closed after dinner service around 4-5 hours into the flight to enforce an early night. You are woken up at 4AM local time for breakfast so the shades are closed a bit early to get a 6 hour long night.
Flying LHR to Asia, late night departure. Shades are closed immediately. If not, the cabin will be bright at 3AM UK time when there is still another 7 hours to go. For the comfort of everyone and to help adjust to the time zones, they are closed till about 2 hours before landing.
All of these are reasonable and put in place to try to accommodate the "average" passenger. My personal timing is normally out of sync with what is normal for the "average" passenger.
BTW: the mood lighting in 777, 787, A50 and A380 is all part of having people adjust better to time zones. And that only works when shades are closed.
It just amazes me the number of people who claim that they are entitled to do what they want and don't give a s**t about other passengers.You are stuck with 400 people in a narrow tube for up to 16 hours - having to be considerate is a necessity. I have only been once or twice asked to close a shade and always complied because the crew is trying to accommodate the average passenger. I have never seen a crew trying to impose unreasonable restrictions. Reading threads like this you start to understand why being cabin crew is not an easy job.