: Why do passengers on an aircraft have to recline thier seats, pull the windows and stow away thier trays when taxiing, taking off and landing?

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: Why do passengers on an aircraft have to recline thier seats, pull the windows and stow away thier trays when taxiing, taking off and landing?

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If something’s going to go wrong on a flight, it’s more likely to be during takeoff or landing.

The intention is to have your seat upright and tray table stowed for better protection of impact, and to leave more room so you can quickly exit your row.

The window shades are supposed to be open so first responders can see in to assess damage and rescue, and so you can see out to see if it’s safe to exit the aircraft on that side.

Those are the most dangerous parts of the flight, and if something goes wrong and everyone needs to evacuate doing all of that makes it easier to move around the plane.

Airline pilot here, it’s a safety issue, it is so people can evacuate unimpeded, with seats reclined people could get stuck in the row, the no headphones except connected to in flight system so you can hear instructions. Seats in upright are good blockers for impact, trays down would crush your chest. You get the idea.