Why planes dim their lights at landing

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Wednesday 21 December 2016 09:30
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When it comes to flying, we all have a million unanswered questions. But now, one of them is now answered.

If you’ve ever wondered why the lights on the plane have to be dimmed during landing and take-off, then pilot Chris Cooke has the answer.

Cooke explained that the reason the blinds must be down is to help people’s eyes adjust quicker to darkness in the case of an emergency evacuation. Being in the darkness already will help with a quick escape.

He told Travel + Leisure magazine:

Imagine being in an unfamiliar bright room filled with obstacles when someone turns off the lights and asks you to exit quickly.

And there you have it. Now there's only 999,999 unanswered questions left - starting with "how does it stay up there without falling?"

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