I came across a short article from Travel + Leisure answering a question related to flying that I’ve never really given much thought to before.
On pretty much every flight, the captain dims the cabin light and we are asked to raise our window shades during takeoff and landing. I can’t say that I’ve ever pondered the reason for doing so, it’s always just been something that happens.
T+L posed the question Why Do Airplanes Dim Lights On Takeoff? in an article last week.
I found it to be a great question and I’d definitely wanted to know the answer.
According to the article it’s all about safety.
These are “standard safety measures” taken during “the most critical moments of every flight”. Eyes adjust quicker during an emergency evacuation to the dim lights and raised window shades bring light inside just incase it is needed.
Check out the article from T+L HERE.