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The real reason flight attendants tell you to open the window shade

It could save your life

By Shari Nementzik

You finally drift off to sleep on that long-haul flight when you feel a tap on your shoulder - the flight attendant asks you to open the window shade. So much for choosing a window seat to maximise sleeping comfort!

That blinding sunlight aint fun, neither is the fact you won't get a quick power nap before landing, but the reason they do it is a pretty good one.

Tech Insider asked a flight attendant to explain and they revealed they do it for your safety. True story.

"If there's an emergency, we have to be able to look out the window to assess outside conditions. If there is debris, fire, or water blocking the window, we won't use that exit and will direct people elsewhere. It may seem like a small thing, but in an emergency, every second counts. You don't want to have to fiddle with window shade when you're trying to safely evacuate a plane in 90 seconds," the stewardess said.

Can't argue with that one, can you? So, next time you're asked to open the shade, don't throw them shade! Time to invest in an eye mask, methinks.

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