Q. I thoroughly enjoyed your article titled “What they don't tell you in the plane safety demo.” However, there was one question I have always wondered, but wasn’t covered in your article. Why do you have to put up the shades on the windows for take-off and landing?

A. It's so that you can quickly scan the outside of the plane in an emergency...is there a fire? Is it safe to deplane? Every second counts, even those used to think about opening the shades.

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