When you travel on a plane the flight attendant will start the trip with a few important instructions. Then they will ask you to lift the window shades during take-off and landing, which sounds trivial every time. Isn’t it? Neither it is to wake-up passengers next to you or for a better world view or to prepare you for jolty landing moment. But opening and closing shades have a big safety significance.
Why Do Flight Attendants Ask You to Open The Window Shades During Take-Off and Landing
Aviation Safety Officer, Saran Udayakumar said,“Passengers are curious; hence they are perfect extra eyes to see if something goes wrong out there. Usually, passengers report stuff right away.”“In case, of sudden emergencies, every second counts. Therefore if shades are open crew can easily see outside conditions to help them in planning the evacuation – which doors to use for evacuation.”
David Robinson, an Aeronautical Industry Profession explains,“If you’ve somewhat acclimatized to low light conditions before an unfortunate incident occurs, you’ll have a visual capacity which initially may exceed 1,000 times better compared to if you were suddenly plunged into the darkness and had 90 seconds to disembark from the aircraft”.
Raising window shades during take-off and landing is not the policy in all airlines but if your next flight attendant asks you to do so then you know it’s for your own good.