Last week I wrote a post which asked a very good question related to flying. It was something that I never really thought about before. The post was written due to an article that I came across from Travel + Leisure.
The post was about: Ever Wonder Why Airplanes Dim Lights On Takeoff?
I thought the answer given in the T+L article made a lot of sense. After seeing a tweet (from a flight attendant) that disagreed with the article, I started to think a bit more about the topic.
Here is the tweet:
At first I searched online for information about laws related to airplanes dimming the lights during takeoff but didn’t find anything useful.
I then had a big “duh” moment- Why not contact a friend of mine that is a purser with a major U.S. airline! I met Don at a travel event and figured he would be the perfect person to ask to help clarify the debate.
Here is what Don had to say about dimming the lights during a flight.
Cabin lights are adjusted to maximize cabin visibility during certain times of day for the crew during our preflight, boarding and again during landing according to our duties (seatbelt checks etc).
We dim the lights for passenger comfort once our duties are complete. The only times the lights are on full bright and remain on full bright is during emergency preparations for the crew during emergency landings. All other phases of flight is just the comfort factor. Also, we have no rules that says window shades must be up during takeoff and landing. Some crew members ask exit row passengers to raise them for safety sake. But nothing is written in stone, it’s just a request.
So what I took from this info is that lights are dimmed during a flight mainly for comfort and shades do not have to be raised based on any law, at least in the United States.
If any of you have more details or information to add related to this topic, please share with us in the comments below.