This is the question of the week from another reader of ours. Why cabin crew members ask passengers to open their window shades, take off their headphones and put their seatbacks in an upright position for departure and landing?

One thing is for sure – they don’t do it just because ”they don’t like you”. Don’t take it too personal when flight attendants tell you what to do, just because they’re observing the rules of their airline.

Window shades should be opened before take off and landing because this is the time when evacuation is most likely to occur. If that happens cabin crew must have the visibility to know what is happening outside. It is quite difficult for them to estimate the situation through the small illuminators of the doors that is why they’re asking for your cooperation BEFORE something bad happens.

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Published by Monika Kachamanova