Qui a le droit à l'ombre de la fenêtre en vol?

Qui a le droit à l'ombre de la fenêtre en vol?

octobre 1, 2019 0 Par admin

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Illustration for article titled Who Has the Right to the Window Shade on a Flight?
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When you’re on a flight, you lose all sense of physical boundaries. You split armrests with the passengers next to you and what little legroom you have with the passenger reclined in your lap. Naturally, you’ll look for comfort in the little things—like the ability to see out your aisle’s window.

During a recent flight, our managing editor Virginia lost out on this privilege when a fellow passenger in the window seat beside her closed the shade upon landing. (A “monster,” she called him on Slack.) The window shade debate has become so contentious that even the Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine have taken sides—and not everyone seems to agree. “Airline window shades should always be closed unless it’s takeoff or landing,” the New York Times’ Michael Barbaro wrote on Twitter.

So who has the right to the window?

There are a couple of factors to consider. For one, you’ll notice that some airline attendants decidedly ask passengers to keep window shades up while taking off or landing; as we’ve written about before, sometimes it’s for the attendants to have better visibility in case of an emergency. (AirfareWatchDog points out that there’s no federal law or rule in any airlines’ contract of carriage on what you can do with your window shade, but I’d defer to the attendants anyway.)

Otherwise, between takeoff and landing, I’ve long been under the impression that the window seat passenger—and they alone—have the right to open or close the shade at their discretion. There are two notable exceptions, however. If it’s an early flight and passengers are sleeping, the window seat passenger should absolutely close the shade regardless of their preference.

And the reverse applies to landing, as in Virginia’s example. When the pilot announces that a flight’s landing, the window passenger should always open the shade; for nervous flyers, an unobscured view can be comforting, and for everyone else, it’s just nice to see the view from above, instead of the reclined seat inches away from you.

What do you think? Who has the right to the window on a flight? And what are your exceptions?


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