What do you think of windowless planes?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 764 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Here's an interesting article about the future of plane design:

Windowless Airplanes: The Future of Flight?

My last flight we flew over the some amazing mountains I remember looking around and no one else was looking out the window. If they weren't sleeping they were watching something on their screens. As much as I love the window I think a lot of people wouldn't object to windows disappearing on planes.

2. Posted by Skandinavisk (Full Member 40 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I would object, but not for scenic reasons. I'd like to know if there was a fire outside of the emergency exits.

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 998 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't like not having windows. On a day time flight I like to sit by them and always look out from time to time to see what sort of landscape we are flying over or enjoy the cloud formations if no land is visible. Even on a night flight I like to be within sight of a window so I prefer to sit on an aisle but to one side or the other, not in the centre where it can seem a little claustrophobic. I also hate when everyone by the windows has their blinds down and I can't see any sky so no, windowless planes do not appeal to me

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1204 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I hate not being able to see out the window.

Bob and most of my grandchildren seem not to care. One of them has what I think it an altitude problem (gets a headache) and he actively dislikes looking by the window most of the time.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Aug-2019, 15:56 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1720 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I've enjoyed some great views like Telemark in winter, the Urals, and Greenland into northern Canada's lakes.

But windowless airframes will give us better environments meaning less fatigue, and they're going to be necessary for hypersonic. If it means London - Sydney in 2.5hrs then bring it on.

In any case the chances of getting a view are slight - and windowless aircraft would offer better camera views for all.

6. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 123 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I would NOT fly on an windowless airplane, no and never. I think I would get claustrophobic there.
No high tec screen can give me the same experience.
And I'm always very angry when the stewardess come and ask for closing the shades because it is night or the morning sun should not awake the other guests.

7. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 764 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

But windowless airframes will give us better environments meaning less fatigue, and they're going to be necessary for hypersonic. If it means London - Sydney in 2.5hrs then bring it on.

I would give up a lot of things if it meant only 2.5 hrs to London.

Quoting BeateR

And I'm always very angry when the stewardess come and ask for closing the shades because it is night or the morning sun should not awake the other guests.

I feel your pain. I always found it strange that you have to close your windows but people can have all the lights on overhead. Last time I flew to LA I had a plane with auto tints. Basically the window would black out automatically and you couldn't see anything at all or reverse the tinting. Weird part was it was 10am flight. I don't know why the staff thought people would sleep on 10am flight. I certainly didn't see anyone sleeping.

8. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 123 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Oh no!!! Hopefully this doesn't happen to me. Could you tell me what airline and what kind of airplane this was, so that I can avoid it.
Thank you

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2304 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

"What do you think of windowless planes?"

Isn't this sort of like submarine?

Submarines are "windowless planes" flying through the water instead of air. They have been around a long time.

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"I always found it strange that you have to close your windows but people can have all the lights on overhead.."

I am one of the guys who uses the overhead reading lamp a lot. I have had a lot of long flights and read novels almost the entire time. Maybe with a short snooze every now and then on the really long connections. What bugs me a little bit is when passengers have the volume of their headsets so loud you can hear it a couple rows away. (I always have a sleep mask and ear plugs when I need to snooze a bit.)

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1204 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

On a flight to Australia, the lady in front of me was at a bulkhead so no one in front of her. She reclined her seat and had her light shining into my eyes for the whole flight. I thought it was very inconsiderate of her.