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Last Updated Friday September 22 2017 01:24 PM IST

Revealed: everything you've ever wanted to know about flying

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Revealed: everything you've ever wanted to know about flying

Have you wondered why you are asked to keep your window shades up during landing and take off? Why are the cabin lights dimmed? Bizarre as it may seem, here is a list of reasons why you are asked to follow these five instructions during a flight. 

1) Why are the cabin lights dimmed during landing and take off?

It is actually a safety precaution. When the lights are dimmed, the eyes of the passengers and crew will adjust to darkness much more quickly should anything go wrong. 

2) Why should the window shades be raised?

Having the window shades open allows for natural light to come in. It is vital if there are any issues and the lights inside the plane stop working. The crew can easily spot any dangers if the window shades are up. 

3) Why should phones be in airplane mode?

There have been no proven incidents where interference from a mobile caused a crash, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. It could lead to interference with the radios and hamper the communication between a pilot and the air traffic control.

4)Why can you not use the toilet during take-off or landing

There are no seat belts in the toilets to keep you from bumping around during take off and landing. And, it is an enclosed space which can get blocked - and there are chances that you won't be able to escape should something go wrong. 

5)Why should you keep your seatbelt on?

It is ideal to wear your seat belt when the sign is on. It is a safety precaution that you have to stick to if you do not want to bounce around.

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