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In India, during landing and takeoff the passangers are asked to open the windshield. I googled the reason but couldn't find any technical logic. I am also not sure if this practice is universal. Can anyone explain reason.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is a matter of safety. In case of an accident, being able to see out the windows will make it easier for crew and passengers to orient themselves, for example to spot a fire on one side of the aircraft. $\endgroup$ – J. Hougaard Jul 10 '16 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ Agree...This is duplicate...Auto suggestions didn't work in android app hence couldn't notice it. $\endgroup$ – love gupta Jul 10 '16 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ This is not the windshield that is open, but the windows shades. $\endgroup$ – mins Jul 10 '16 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, the windshield is the thing at the front of the airplane the pilots look through. Some military planes have anti-flash curtains (you pull those shut in cruise when flying on instruments and nukes are flying; it's pretty dumb to be blinded by a distant H-bomb flash that couldn't harm you otherwise). But you're supposed to have those open on takeoff, they really hammered that home in training :) $\endgroup$ – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 8 at 2:04

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