start and end of every flight. If you’ve ever wondered why, we can now
reveal the answer.
Passengers are asked to take this step so that cabin crew members can
look out of the windows to assess which side of the aircraft is safest
to disembark from in case of an emergency .
Aviation safety officer Saran Udayakumar explained on
question-and-answer website Quora that the window shade opening is “a
part of a long process to prepare the cabin for sudden unexpected
The opening of the shades, along with the folding up of tables and
putting seats in upright positions helps the cabin crew evacuate all
passengers – a procedure for which they only have 90 seconds in total.
In case of sudden emergencies, “every second counts,” Udayakumar wrote.
“Therefore if shades are open, crew can easily see outside conditions to
help them in planning the evacuation (which doors to use for evacuation
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