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Old 06-02-2014, 01:06 PM
 
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I am flying back from Paris on a daytime flight in coach and we reach the part of the flight where pretty much everyone tries to rest or watch a video as we fly over the ocean. There is nothing to see out the window as we fly over clouds and water. 99% of the people on the flight have closed their window shades and it is dark in the cabin.

All except the man at the window seat in my row. (I was at the aisle two seats from him) He kept opening up his window shade to take a look outside. It flooded the airline cabin with light disturbing everyone and waking them up. He must have opened his window shade 20 times during the four hour period after lunch and decent towards landing.

I told him twice he was being rude but he did not acknowledge me.

Was he being rude or was that his right as a passenger at the window seat?

 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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absolutely his right, you have no right to a dark airplane. I often use the window to see a horizon if I feel ill on a flight, perhaps he was doing that.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:32 PM
 
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It was absolutely his right. If you're planning on sleeping during a daytime flight, it's incumbent upon you to bring a sleep mask.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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Was he being rude or was that his right as a passenger at the window seat?
No, you're just being overly sensitive as usual.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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absolutely his right, you have no right to a dark airplane. I often use the window to see a horizon if I feel ill on a flight, perhaps he was doing that.
I as an individual may not have the ultimate right to a dark plane but I could tell nearly everyone around us was very irritated and I was not the only person to complain. On other flights I have seen the flight crew insist that passengers keep their shade open during this part of the international flight.

So it is a question of one man's right to look out at the ocean vs. the rights of everyone else who want to sleep or sit in the dark.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:40 PM
 
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It was his right..the window was next to HIS seat. Next time choose the window seat and you can control the shade..maybe you should bring a sleeping mask the next time you fly.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 01:54 PM
 
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It was his right..the window was next to HIS seat. Next time choose the window seat and you can control the shade..maybe you should bring a sleeping mask the next time you fly.
Exactly.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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If I ever had to sit in a window seat the shade would be open, my seat, my shade. But I have to have an aisle seat and don't worry about what anyone is doing in their window seat.

He paid for his seat and it was sort of rude of you to say anything to him as you never know what can happen. You are in an enclosed metal tube, no escape and we all have watched news media reports of people going crazy on airplanes, fighting, running up and down the aisle screaming even that pilot sometime ago went nuts.
 
Old 06-02-2014, 02:28 PM
 
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It is his right, but I agree it's annoying.

That said, perhaps if you had asked nicely, using the words please, thank you and a kind smile, he would have been more amenable to your request. Telling someone they are being rude isn't the way to get along with people.
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