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Who activates (and de-activates) the "fasten seat belt" warning on commercial flights? I would guess it is either the pilot in command (normally the captain) or the first officer (co-pilot).

If the answer is airline specific, then answer for American Airlines.

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It's P1's decision, and P2's hand that moves the switch.
But, there's a really nice position of the switch, "Auto", which switches them on/off automatically based on some rules (which are usually passing through 10,000ft). Using the "Auto" position means that you can't forget them!

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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, well they forgot to turn it off on my last flight after we landed, so there is a problem with the "rules". $\endgroup$ – Tyler Durden Oct 17 '17 at 12:23
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Depending to the Standard Operating Procedures of each airline, the Pilot Flying or the Pilot in Command will switch on the Fasten Seatbelts Sign, on takeoff, landing and when required mid-flight at their own discretion. Sometimes, the switch can be set to 'Auto' -if applicable-, which turns the Fasten Seatbelts sign off, once the flaps are set to the position 0 (Boeing Aircraft).

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I believe it's the pilot monitoring...

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to aviation.SE. I'm sorry, but "I believe" do not constitute a good answer around here. Do you happen to have any sources that could help you expand your answer? $\endgroup$ – Federico Oct 17 '17 at 5:24
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks @Federico - I thought it might be a bit light... I'll go source it. But my knowledge is based on what I have seen happen - I said 'Believe' as different companies will have different procedures. I'll try get better info and edit. $\endgroup$ – Craig Oct 17 '17 at 5:29

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