What if I don't WANT to close my blinds?

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Feb 1st, 2000, 12:45 AM
  #41
Vanessa
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There is also a long thread on this (seat up and back) issue over on the Europe forum. I have to say that Stephanie sums it all up...its ONE DAY out of your life...get over it!!! I have been one to have my seat back (except during landing/take-off/meals) and have also had a seat pushed back on me and as I stated on the Europe sight, would NEVER ask someone to put their seat up/put the shade down or up/stop picking your nose/put that damned Gameboy away...etc. The way I see it, they have payed their fair and have as much a right to be on that plane and have it "their way" as I do. So, it might mean a little discomfort for a few hours...but as the previous poster said, "If uncomfortable, get up and walk around a little", no one (except the "Fasten Seatbelt" signs) is holding you to your seat. For the sake of arguement, I have flown transcon and had all of the above done to me, and guess what? I lived to tell about it!
 
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Mar 16th, 2000, 04:12 PM
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This issue needs to be discussed more. What about putting the shade 1/2 way up, (or down)?
 
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Mar 18th, 2000, 04:15 PM
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I think you should have to keep your window shade open at least during the movie. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Then after the movies, do what you want.
 
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Mar 19th, 2000, 02:17 PM
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Did you mean that she should keep it closed? Well, she should, maybe you could ask for a different seat where keeping the shade open doesn't bother anyone...
 
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Mar 19th, 2000, 05:40 PM
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The civilized solution for the windows/seats up/down crisis is for the airlines to offer assigned seating in exclusive areas: ten rows where the windows are shut, ten with seats that don't recline, then the last 20 rows are whatever-you-like, chaos rules seat backs and windows. Oh, also...specially reserved spaced in the unpressurized cargo holds for those with poor manners and politeness deficit disorders...... Do you remember that Twilight Zone episode with the creature out on the aircraft's wing? Who wants to see outside when everyone knows that where the monsters are anywhay??!!
 
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Mar 20th, 2000, 08:16 AM
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OOOOooo yes! And all those children of selfish parents on the US forum should be stuffed into the freezer in the galley for the duration of the flight.
Cats and perfume wearers should be wrapped in plastic wrap; and anyone over 50 or anyone with a disability should be asked to wait for the next flight.

It would also be very easy to mechanize all the windows to snap shut as soon as the wonderful video about seat belts comes on, and stay shut until after landing.
 
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Mar 25th, 2000, 11:35 PM
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I think you should do whatever you want. You paid for the ticket. No Nazi flight attendants allowed!
 
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Apr 20th, 2000, 06:57 PM
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I think that you should go by the golden rule...tempered by your own needs for comfort. Try to put yourself in others positions. I too like to fly with the shade up. That's why I ask for a window seat. Good luck.
 
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May 1st, 2000, 11:50 AM
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It's your comfort versus the comfort of 50 people for a two hours. Take your choice. I close my shade even though I usually do not watch the film.

What do you do when there is no outside light?

I never saw a double feature on an airplane.

 
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May 6th, 2000, 04:07 PM
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I grant that seeing a two hour movie over an eight hour flight (Paris-NY) is NOT the most important thing about the flight. But this flight leaves Paris either late morning or noon or early afternoon...so the entire flight is daylight. To give up a couple hrs of direct sunlight so as to NOT make it impossible for others to see the film is not that much of a hardship.

As to Dave's commment about never seeing a double feature on a plane. From NY to Vancouver is 5 and half hrs...but Vancouver to Hong Kong has been 15 1/2, 14 1/2, and 14 hrs. Each of those flights had at least TWO main features plus 3 hours or so of taped TV.

Michael
 
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May 7th, 2000, 06:25 AM
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San Francisco to Sydney showed 4 movies.....since we couldn't sleep..got caught up of movies for awhile.
 
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May 8th, 2000, 06:13 AM
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Medical/physical need wins. If Carole can't see without the shade open, she gets the shade open. Why is this so hard for people to fathom?
I once took a flight from Paris to the East Coast that had a sort of triple feature: Movie A, then Movie B, then Movie A again. I watched them, but only out of boredom. They were certainly missable.
 
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May 19th, 2000, 12:45 AM
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Try one of those mini lights that clip on to your book.
 
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May 19th, 2000, 08:36 AM
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Score so far -
keep it open - 9
close it - 8

Carole: What do you do when it is dark outside the plane?
 
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May 24th, 2000, 08:03 PM
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When it's dark outside, I sit and do NOTHING. I TRY to sleep. It is not possible for me to see with just a booklight - that would be an obvious answer. The overhead light is also not sufficient. My eyesight is such that I was able to retire on disability because of being UNABLE to see print without a lot of light/daylight. There WAS a double feature on this flight which was back in October (Air Canada from Glasgow to Toronto) I would not have been able to see the movie with my vision. My husband was the person in the seat next to me and it was fine with him for me to keep it open. I didn't think it was right for the flight attendant to ask me to close it. I'm taking a trip to Stockholm in a month and am hoping this issue doesn't come up again, but I'm sure it will.
 
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May 25th, 2000, 06:02 AM
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Carole -

I think that the flight attendant has the "right" to ask a passenger to pull the shade down, as some people don't realize the significance of it, and most will comply. After all, few people have the need for as much light as you do. I hope that you take it good-naturedly as she is only doing her duty.

Whether you comply or not is a different story.
 
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May 25th, 2000, 08:51 PM
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I agree with Carole. I have a thing about window seats. I've GOT to have one! And the reason is because love to look outside at the clouds and the cities. Having a window seat is great. It gives a more open feeling to the airplane. I disagree with Kim. To be made to close your blinds to listen and watch, sometimes, a dumb movie, just seems wrong and mean. I really think that if anyone is going to tell anyone to shut their window, just think this. Does it seem at all nice to lean over to someone and say, "Please shut your window so I may see the movie." That seems disrespectful. So no, you should of said, "I'm reading" and not have shut the window. That just means that you are letting others tell you what you should do one YOUR flight!
 
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May 25th, 2000, 09:02 PM
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This message is for Kim. What if you had a window seat and you wanted it open so you could see the sites. Then, some lady next to you says, "Would you please shut the blinds, it's wrecking the movie." I'd feel angry. I'd probably say, I'm enjoying the sites below me Miss,and so, no, I won't shut my blind. I know you'll probably say, Oh, no, I'd shut it right away. I'd never leave it open if someone didn't like it. But think. If all the protesters in the world were so polite, then we'd never be able to settel an argument, or prove our point to ANYONE ever! And if you hate having the window open so much, go request an aisle seat instead!
 
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May 25th, 2000, 09:07 PM
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To further clarify something --- the scenery outside WAS great at times. In fact, while the movie was playing the PILOT interrupted to point out Greenland and it was spectacular!
 
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May 26th, 2000, 04:55 AM
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Sarah -

1- No one is forcing you to put on earphones and aim your eyeballs to the screen above.

2- Yes, it is nice and not disrespectful to ask nicely with "Please" for someone to do something.

3 -"YOUR" flight?

4- An aisle seat dose not solve the problem.

5- What ever happened to the smile and politeness? Lighten up.
 
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