Why Airplane Shades Must Be Up for Takeoff and Landing

December 10, 2010 at 2:00 am 2 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

You may not have heard of this, but it’s law in some countries and it’s growing in popularity around the world. The reason is similar to why the airlines dim the interior lights during takeoffs and landings at night.

In short, it’s for safety in the event of an accident. With the window shades up, passengers and crew can spot dangers outside the planes before they open an emergency exit. Dangers like fire, water and running airplane engines can be hazardous if someone opens an emergency exit right into them.

During bright daylight, it also allows your eyes to adjust to the brightness outside, which could be critical during an accident.

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Sources: Airliners.net, Straight Dope

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  • 1. Mikavr  |  April 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    What is the reason for having the seat backs in their “upright position” I wonder? It’s only a couple of inches, can it really make much of a difference, or is this another control/power game the attendents like to play with us?

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