On every flight I’ve taken recently, the pre-flight checklist (that whole long spiel with the pre-recorded video of a toothsome actress playing flight attendent and showing just how the seatbelt works as real flight attendedants pantomime it in the aisles) has included the following mysterious instruction:
“All window shades must be up for take-off and landing.”
Why? It doesn’t affect the safety of the plane, does it? The pilots have their own windows. Why can’t I close mine? What if I don’t like watching?
Any pilots or airline employees out there who can answer this question? Much appreciated.