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At some early stage in the flight, why will commercial pilots announce the cruising altitude of the flight?

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No real reason other than it keeps people from bugging the flight attendants by asking "how high are we??".

It also lets the flight attendants know that the aircraft is at cruise so won't be climbing and making the carts harder for them to push around.

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If it is at the beginning of the flight, I would guess they are just sharing in case any passengers are interested. It may give flight attendants an idea of how long it will take to reach cruise.

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