Practical info: why raise window blinds on take-off and landing

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During take-off and landingpassengers are often asked to raise the blinds of the portholes. This instruction is not simply a formality, but responds to important security reasons.

First, during these critical phases of flight, pilots and crew need a clear view outside the aircraft to quickly assess the situation. In the event of a problem or emergency, the outward visibility allows them to react quickly and take the appropriate decisions for the safety of all on board. If the window shades are lowered, it may impede their vision and delay their ability to assess the situation.

Additionally, raising the window blinds allows passengers to see what is happening outside. This visual connection with the external environment can help reduce the feeling of disorientation or discomfort during delicate phases of flight. The plane’s movements and sounds may seem more familiar when passengers can see what’s going on outside. It can also help calm the nerves of anxious passengers.

Another important factor is related to natural light. In the event of an emergency, it is crucial to have a source of natural light inside the cabin in case artificial lighting fails. Outdoor light can also help the eyes adjust more easily if evacuation is necessary.

Finally, porthole blinds can play a role in fire and smoke. If a fire breaks out outside the aircraft, the raised blinds allow crew members to quickly identify the source of the fire and take action to deal with it.

In short, raising the window shades during takeoff and landing contributes to the overall safety of the flight. This facilitates communication between crew and passengers, provides a clear view out in the event of an emergency, and allows passengers to feel more in tune with the outside environment, alleviating potential concerns. Following this simple guideline can play a significant role in maintaining a safe and peaceful flight for everyone on board.

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