Traveling By Air Here is why flight attendants dim the plane's lights before take-off and landing

British pilot Patrick Smith revealed in an interview that the cabin is darkened as a safety precaution in case there is an accident.

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Many have wondered why flight attendants dim the plane's lights before take-off and landing but the reasons are not what you thought.

British pilot  Patrick Smith revealed in an interview that the cabin is darkened as a safety precaution in case there is an accident.

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"Dimming the lights allows your eyes to pre-adjust to darkness' said Mr Smith told The Telegraph.

"So that you're not suddenly blinded if something happens and the power goes out, and you're dashing for the doors in darkness or smoke," the author of Cockpit Confidential added.

Mr Smith further explained that dimming the light makes the emergency path-lighting and signs more visible. 

play British pilot  Patrick Smith revealed in an interview that the cabin is darkened as a safety precaution in case there is an accident. (Image Stock)

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He added: "And it makes it easier to see outside, which helps you to maintain at least a basic sense of orientation - i.e. which way is up.”

The human eye takes about 10 minutes to adapt to darkness which is vital in an emergency.

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