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​Pilot Reveals The Reason Why Lights Are Dimmed On Planes Before Take-Off

​Pilot Reveals The Reason Why Lights Are Dimmed On Planes Before Take-Off

If you're scared of flying, it's probably best to look away now. You don't want to know what the rest of this story has to say.

One of my friends is terrified of travelling by plane but still goes on exotic holidays to far-flung parts of the world rather than just hopping on a ferry.

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Admittedly the good ol' Dover-to-Calais booze dash isn't quite the same as the Far East but you get my point.

Isn't that self-punishment? It's like sitting on the sofa and continuously punching yourself in the face. Why would you voluntarily put yourself through that unhappiness?

Anyway, the point of the story is that there is a reason why the lights are dimmed in an aircraft cabin before it takes off.

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The lights and turned down so that the passengers on board get accustomed to the new levels of darkness.

And the logic behind this, or at least so says British pilot Patrick Smith, is so we don't lose our sight if something goes wrong mid-air, power is lost, and there is no lighting.

Safety first and all that but I probably wish I didn't know that. The next time I go on plane, I will definitely remember this and be a little bit twitchy (shitting it).

Cheers, Patrick Smith, happy Christmas to you, too.

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Topics: Flying, aircraft