[jhb_airlines] Re: Lights out

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:45:02 +0100

In the case of the cabin it's to ensure that passengers vision is improved
in the case of evacuation or (dread the thought) an accident.

Passengers trying to get out of a well lit aircraft at night suffer the
black hole effect when the doors are opened - they can see sod all outside.
Just like bomber crews during WW2 they thought that if lights are dimmed
then the chance of survival increases.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Denis Ripley
Sent: 16 August 2005 18:52
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lights out

It's done to preserve the pilots night vision while in the landing phase.
Never heard of the lights being turned out though. The same could be
achieved by closing all the window blinds but logistically, dimming the
lights is easier.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Dodds" <pdodds@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <pdodds@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:25 AM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Lights out

> Why do passenger aircraft landing at night turn down the cabin lights
> during landing (or in my case last night - OUT - very disconcerting
> for those of a nervous disposition)?
> Peter
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