This is why flight attendant request you to open window blinds before landing

If you're a frequent flyer, you've probably heard a cabin crew member say this: “Before landing, please ensure that your window blinds are raised…”


Air travel is one of the safest and fastest modes of traveling between cities, countries, and continents. Probably one of the most loved modes of travelling. If you are a frequent flyer, then you have probably heard a cabin team member say this: “Before landing, please make certain that your window blinds are raised…” But why is it necessary?

There’s an important reason we have to raise window blinds © Andresr / Getty Images

There’s an important reason we have to raise window blinds

It’s not just to offer you a far better view out of the window on the landing, although that’s a side benefit.

As with many of the things we ought to do on flights, it’s for safety. Opening that blind is a superb plan for a combination of reasons. First of all, it’ll provide your eyes time to adjust to the light level outside. If it’s an afternoon flight, you won’t emerge blinking from a darkened cabin into the brilliant sunshine, and if it’s at night time you’ll be able to see better.

That’s additionally why the cabin lighting are dimmed earlier than landing at night time, in case you were wondering.

Second, opening your blind helps the cabin crew to see outside. It’s not just that their eyes need to adjust: it’s that having an overall view of what’s going on outside the aircraft is very useful. Often, the crew seats face backward, and in the event that there’s some sort of incident then it’s helpful if they have a quick eye on any issue.

A beautiful lady looking out the window

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Aircraft are designed and tested — and cabin crew are trained — to get everyone off the plane in under ninety seconds if needed.

During training, the crew learns to evaluate the safety of what’s going on outside the plane, and they need to be able to see outside the plane and so do you. Passengers are considered as extra eyes for the crew in case something appears amiss, so don’t ever feel stupid about asking questions.

Keeping your blind open means, within the very rare event that emergency services got to attend the aircraft, they will see inside quickly and simply.

And, of course, having more light coming into the cabin may be a good way to see if there’s any sort of smoke. Within the event that you simply need to make a fast fire escape from the plane, that makes it safer for you and everybody else around you.

There also are a couple of extra benefits. Once it’s time for the aircraft to get ready for its next flight, having all the windows open means the checks of the wings are often made more easily — that’s checking for ice in winter, or anything which may seem amiss.

And, completely faraway from safety, having the blinds open also makes it easier and more obvious to clean the windows if necessary, whether that’s by a dedicated cleaning crew or an attendant with a fast wipe-down just in case a sticky sproglet has got gooey fingers everywhere your nice clean window!


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