Why You Should Never Close Your Shade Before the Airplane Takes Off

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I get it. You’re waiting patiently for the pilot to finish doing whatever arcane prep work they’re doing in the cockpit and you want to read…but the bright sun is coming straight through the window and you can’t even see.

You lower the shade only to get the flight attendant come marching down the aisle and insist you open it back up.