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That annoying flight passenger in the dark

November 19, 2013

In my last flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, we started off in night to reach LA in afternoon. This meant that most of the flight route would have daylight outside. And as it happens on most of the flights, upon reaching the cruising altitude, the crew would request everyone to shut off their window blinds to avoid that extra sunlight from blinding other passengers in the plane.

After some delicious dinner (I know, that’s rare!) on Malaysia Airlines flight, I wanted to sleep through most of the 10-plus hour flight. I know I’m supposed to bring the eye-shades to put me in to complete darkness, but this was one of those damn-I-forgot-something flights. Having an empty seat next to me meant that I could use a second blanket to cover me from the freezing temperatures in the plane.

Out of nowhere there’s this bright light hitting my eyes and I see that this one annoying passenger has pulled-up her window blind, letting in all the sunlight!

Some people have the curiosity to see what’s outside… even on a trans-Pacific flight, so I turned my face to the other side thinking maybe she will shut off the blinds within seconds after a quick peek outside. But after the annoying few minutes, I walked up to her with a humble request to shut off the blinds. I get a smile and a nod.

Somewhat satisfied, I was back at my seat. Blankets back on, all lights still off, I tried to convince myself “ok, she still needs to have a better visual experience of the clouds outside and maybe, just maybe, she will close the blinds.” Another long thirty minutes and I see that she was reading a magazine.

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That’s it! I had to make the crew show her that over-head light that she needs to turn on to read her magazine! Again, that smile and nod. But she wouldn’t budge. And the next thing I see is she’s off to sleep. With the window blind open. Sleeping.

Please don’t be that one annoying person to open the window blind and let all the light in, unless you’re able to see that gorgeous mountain (Mount Everest?) or a city skyline (Manhattan?) you wanted to see from above. Be courteous to your fellow passengers. Please.



  • Whitney

    This is ridiculous. Not everyone has the opportunity to fly or travel as much as you do, and they might enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective because of the novelty of the experience. I think you should take a step back, and consider being courteous to her as well. When I’m on a rare flight of my own, I enjoy staring out the window for the majority of the flight because I take the time to appreciate how absolutely amazing the view is.

    Maybe you should take a step back and evaluate your perspective.

    • dave

      I wish people like you would stop spamming the internet with such garbage just get a good job or change your name, that will probably find you a decent man which will clearly get you on a plane to wherever you desire

    • J$

      Whitney, really… your comment is ridiculous. What we have here, is a passenger ignoring her fellow passengers comfort. It’s rude, inconsiderate, unnecessary. As the author wrote, totally acceptable to have a peek, and take it in, but to fall asleep with the window open? No.
      Fortunately for all of us, the Dreamliner does not have window shades. Window transparency is managed electronically, and the cabin crew can override the passengers. Problem Solved.
      Whitney, have you taken a 10 hour flight? Longer? Did you stare out the window the entire time? haha… I can sympathize.. I truly appreciate the amazing view. however, a lot of times, the view is just.. well, nothing. Maybe lots of white. But other than that, nothing. Close your eyes (and your window shade), and you’ll see the same.
      safe travels.

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