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  • esselle
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    Thats not true. Window blinds only became a thing at BA (Mainline anyway) around 2012 or a bit later I believe. BMI had a different policy but BA certainly allowed it until more recently.

    I know as I was crew for BA for many many years. The BA procedure was that only windows on or adjacent to exits must be open for take off and landing.

    I think its down to the respective carriers in many areas. For example in the UK it was never mandatory, BA never asked you to open a blind for take off or landing until about 7 or 8 years ago following the merger with BMI for some reason.

    Sorry but I think you are wrong on this.

    “…..seat backs in the upright position, arm rests down, tray tables stowed away and window blinds open” is part of the pre take-off briefing that I remember hearing over decades on BA flights.

    As they say, recollections may vary. I was on the receiving end of a ticking off on many, many occasions for not complying with your erstwhile colleagues instructions.


    cwoodward
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    Phil
    I do well know what IATA is and what it is not tks. I fully agree though as I mentioned up thread with that the cockpit has nothing whatever to do with the issue under discussion here.


    PointyMark
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    Opening window blinds IS a safety issue. A few years back I wrote to BA and CAA to question why BA didn’t ask for blinds to be open, and at that time they told me it wasn’t a safety issue and they didn’t want to burden cabin crew with extra checks of the cabin.
    Then suddenly BA changed its policy, after they had a 777 engine fire at Las Vegas. Fire officers couldn’t see inside the cabin from outside, so they had no idea if fire had spread to there or not.
    The passenger safety angle is, as a writer has correctly stated above, so we can see if there is a fire on a particular side of the plane, so we use the opposite side emergency exits.

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    Harbord1
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    Having worked for BA and Virgin Atlantic since the 1980s, the instruction to open blinds on take off and landing was a standard procedure at all times and not something added latterly
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    scott1nthesky
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    Philsquares: SOPs don’t only apply to the flight crew. I spent 10 years as cabin crew in a previous life…our training was based on SOPs. They apply to any safety aspect of the flight. Window blinds open for takeoff and landing was part of our cabin secure SOP.

    I’m interested in the views on this article after recent flights. I know from US domestic travel that it’s common practice there for pax to keep blinds down for the whole trip or for crews to request it; a rarity in Europe. A recent Air Transat flight, GLA-YYZ, took things a step further. This was a daytime flight, 0830 – 1300. On boarding, all of the blinds were closed. Pax started opening them, some seemed nervous around the extraordinarily militant crew (the inflight director referred to ‘law enforcement meeting the aircraft on arrival in Toronto’ three times during boarding in relation to ‘if you fail to comply with…’ – this didn’t seem to be in reaction to misbehaving travelers, it seemed to be either a power trip or a bad day kind of issue) and asked those around them, “are we allowed to open these?”

    The crew did not ask for window blinds to be open for takeoff but did very little in terms of cabin secure either – the chap with a trolley bag on his lap was ignored and the lady in 2A talking on her mobile during takeoff until the signal cut out was similarly given a free pass. Around 30 minutes into the flight, the flight director made an announcement about window blinds. He said these needed to be “closed immediately for the benefit of those who wish to slumber and those who wish to fully enjoy our marvelous inflight entertainment.” He went on, “Unless you are ACTIVELY looking out of the window, your window shade must be closed.” He seemed oblivious to the chuckle that rippled through the cabin at this point. For the next hour, his only task was admonishing pax for opening window blinds and not actively looking out of them. Again for context – this was a daytime flight, westbound over the Atlantic. Some pax were sleeping but most were very much awake. After this hour, he had an almighty strop and we could hear him mouthing off in the forward galley about how difficult it is to get pax to comply.

    I have lots of issues with this, both as a former crew member but now as a commuter and leisure traveler. The experience spoiled the flight for a few people around me – an elderly couple had really looked forward to eyeballing Greenland if we flew over any of it; we did, but the crew were on their case so they had to stay noses-pressed against the window. The imbalance between lack of care or competence in inflight safety vs having a fit because people want to look outside during their flight. The enthusiasm for law enforcement meeting the aircraft vs a warm welcome.

    This was my first experience with Air Transat and I liked the A330 club cabin and their catering service was significantly better than anything I’ve had on BA Club recently. But the window blinds and attitude of the crew were a real downer. And law enforcement did NOT meet the aircraft 😉

    On goes the debate!

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    lukeboy
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    I thought the reason was in the case of a crash landing and fire/rescue staff had to gain entry through another means rather than the door it would establish if anyone was sitting near their access point

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