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I agree, dont see what the big problem is. From the article it reads they were doing this while in the cruise, and to be fair it happens in lots of airlines.
Most commercial flights operate IFR in the cruise, you are not looking outside, you are monitoring the instruments/auto pilot. Absolutely no different to flying in clouds, you cant see out then either.
Never seen newspapers used to cover the windscreen, but have seen maps, and checklists used lots, even at BA, as it’s much easier to see the instruments without the glare of the sun, which can give a nasty headache after awhile.