Hello AvGeeks of the IFC!
Scrolling through my daily aviation news feed, I came across this:
Now, I have never encountered this in the US, flying very often. I also understand that this article is from the UK so maybe the regulations are different there, however, I have flown in the UK 4 times and never seen this.
The reason for making passengers close/open their windows is so that their eyes can adjust as most planes will try to evacuate in under 90 seconds which isn’t nearly enough times for your eyes to adjust. This is also why airlines dim the lights before takeoff and landing at nighttime.
Edit 1: So far, it seems that this is required in China and the UK, but not in the US or Canada. However, many artices make it sound like common-practice everywhere. Thanks @xsrvmy!
Passengers are required to open their window blinds for landing due to regulation.
“It is as per the International Civil Aviation regulations. You are asked to open the window shades for security as well as safety reasons.” - Deepak Ojha Article
“The blinds have to be open during take-off and landing.” - Schipol Newsroom Article
“It’s a CAA regulation that airplane window blinds have to be up during take off and landing” - Choose Directions Article
“No federal rules govern the use of window shades during a flight. For safety reasons, airlines require that windows be open during takeoff and landing. Beyond those brief periods, however, each airline sets its own policy.” -Ed Perkins Article
“Cabin crews insist the window shades are open.” - Tal Fox Article
" But making passengers close shades before takeoff? ‘I can think of no sensible safety reason for doing that,’ Braithwaite said." - Sid Lipsey Article
“Will need to recheck on this, but apparently sometimes in Phoenix, crew require passengers to close windows on taxi/takeoff in order to maintain the temperature in the aircraft’s cabin, especially in summer months. I believe this primarily applies to the CRJs.
I don’t believe it applies for landing…” - @Ishrion
My comment: I can confirm this, as it is something that happens on CRJs and Dash-8s in the warmer months.
Who requires this?
Airlines that require this
- Air New Zealand
Countries that require this
- United Kingdom
Do you know anything about this topic?
Qualified responses will be added to either fact or fiction, but it’s ultimately up to you to decide. I looked into FAA and ICAO regulations extensively, but could not find anything.
PSA: Please do not argue and have a mature discussion.