Understand why we do what we do :P

Why do we open the blinds of a plane during takeoff/landing

Have you ever noticed that when you fly a plane, the air-hostesses/stewardesses ask us to open the blinds to every window. Why do they do it? For what possible reason would they want us to open the blinds? What if I am an extremely paranoid passenger who ended up with a window seat?

Well there are 2 major reasons for this:-

The first, not so important, and much obvious reason is so that the customers who opted for the window seat may have a nice view during take-off and land. It can be one of the most exciting things for a sugar-high kid or even an adventurous adult. Take a few flights and still the heart skips a beat when you feel that thud of a land, or the shot of speed when the flight prepares for take-off.

Hey so why should the officials be spoilsports. They give you the joy of flying up into the sky and then come back down.

The other, and the much more important reason, is to keep an eye out for trouble. It is said that most problems with an aircraft occurs during a take off or landing. There are just too many variables to keep a track on. Given the limited numbers of officials attending to the monitoring process, while being caught up with the take off/landing procedures, the next best option is to use the eyes of the passengers themselves.

Hey if I have an army of dogs to sniff for a thief, why do the job myself. Bad analogy, I know. But still, if you have a 20-200 passenger list keeping an eye out to every part of the plane, why deny that option. Any one could spot a problem and raise an alarm which helps the officials deal with the problem faster and better.

Well that’s some use for the money I pay them, maybe we should all ask for a surveillance discount. In any case, it helps and it works, so not bad airport officials.. Kudos to you to trick us to do your job 😛

Oh and for the paranoid window side passenger… Well he should consider changing seats with one of those sugar-high kids.

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4 responses

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    November 4, 2011 at 4:59 am

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