- Feb 11, 2010
I am one of those people. As soon as I get to my seat I will adjust my watch to the destination time and that is what I will eat, sleep and drink too. it works for me but I know some cant seem to do it
I agree that there is no perfect fits everyone solution (at the moment) and I agree that direct sunshine may be an issue that can be dealt with by half lowering a shade. I prefer not to wear a sleep mask as well, but they are an option. Those who insist on shades down allow no options for others. In my book therefore, shades up is the preferred position that can give the most comfort to the most travellers.Having been 'blinded' by sunshine streaming in by an open blind for some time I think in some situations keeping them up is also inconsiderate. I didn't want to sleep - just not have to have sunshine beaming in. And I hate sleep masks anyway.
I understand. Again, it seems straightforward to me. When travelling, you know in advance the hours you will be flying and you can come prepared if you want a dimmer plane and you will be flying in daylight. Those who want light have no options. I think shades down is being pushed by airlines who would prefer customers to be asleep for as long as possible to cut down services.As well as being a nervous traveller, my wife is claustrophobic but loves travelling so puts up with flying (with a little relaxant help). However, it does mean that she hates having the blinds down on daytime flights. We always try to get a window seat for her but selecting seats is so expensive on some airlines that it doesn't always happen. Probably the worst was when we got a last minute upgrade on Air Asia and were placed in central seats in Business. The crew asked people to lower their blinds even though it was daytime. In the end, my wife asked the nearest person in a window seat to partially lift the blind and they did. Another aspect to all this is circadian rhythms. My understanding is that it's best to get daylight/night as close as possible to your destination as soon as possible. Blinds down on daylight flights rarely helps that but crews seem more interested in keeping passengers pacified.
Having been 'blinded' by sunshine streaming in by an open blind for some time I think in some situations keeping them up is also inconsiderate. I didnt want to sleep - just not have to have sunshine beaming in. And I hate sleep masks anyway.
I'm sure I mentioned this ridiculous example previously... on a day flight with bright sun streaming in, the whole cabin except two people in the H/K seats had their shades down. The people in the H/K seats were having difficulty watching their own IFE so were holding up the safety briefing card to shade their screens. And then swapping the hand holding said card as their hand/arm got tired. Zero thought processing going on in their brains.
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Shades down is rude and inconsiderate of others. Those who want dimmer light have alternatives. They can wear masks if they want to sleep. They can take their own IFE on tablets. This is usually a good idea anyway as you get the programs you want and it is much more reliable than IFE which is far too often faulty. Those who want shades open have no alternatives if the shades are down. Yes, masks and Tablets may be a little less than perfect, but they are reasonable options whereas shades down inflicts that on everyone.
Why else would I ask for a window seat? I've had 2 run ins with flight attendants demanding I close the shade. One was on a nearly empty Thai airlines flight. The only logic I have read for this is that if the cabin is dark people will sleep and not bother the staff. I paid to be 30,000' in the air, I go to the airport early so I can get a window seat. And someone doesn't want me to look out the window because they will have to work to service the customers.
Why would you book yourself a window seat if you want the shades down.