Why You're Told To To Do Those Funny Thing During Takeoff And Landing.

Flying can be a harrowing experience for a lot of people. The idea of hurtling through the sky at 500 miles per hour at goodness how many miles up in the air inside a huge cylinder with wings on doesn't quite seem natural. Obsessive thoughts of crashing may take hold causing panic and even a quick brandy might not help. But even if we feel relatively calm about the whole thing, and we're absolutely convinced in Superman's reassuring words that it still is the safest way to travel, there are some seemingly weird things we're asked to do to ensure our own safety. The obvious one is of course to fasten your seat belt during takeoff and landing, and not walking around the plane when experiencing turbulence. Well it's easy enough to see why that's for our own safety, but have you ever wondered why you're told to keep the window blind open? Surely it makes no difference. Or does it?

Not just the view

Depending on how you feel about flying and being way high up in the air, having the window open can offer some truly exhilarating or petrifying views (depending on your point of view) as you take off and come into land. But keeping the blinds open isn't so much about the view from the passenger's perspective but rather it's about about the crew's being able to spot anything wrong with the plane as soon as possible. Takeoff and landing are the times when if anything is going to happen, then it's going to happen, so the crew can spot anything untoward at the earliest opportunity and act accordingly. Also, should there be a need to evacuate, the blinds being open will enable the flight crew to plan the best course of action since they will know what they are dealing with outside. When you're high up at cruising altitude these things aren't really a concern so you are free to keep them open or closed as you like. But who would want to close them and miss out on those fantastic cloudscapes?

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