Dear Airbus (and Airlines),
We hate dimmable windows.
Well, perhaps “we” is too strong, but I personally cannot stand them.
Airbus Unveils Dimmable Windows
Airbus has unveiled a new partnership with Gentex Corporation to offer dimmable windows onboard its aircraft.
If you have flown the Boeing 787, you know what these windows are like. Window shades have been replaced with two-tiered buttons that, like transition lenses, can lighten or darken.
Like One Mile at a Time, I detest these windows for four primary reasons:
- Crews (especially on United) quickly “lock” the window setting on dark for the entire flight, even on daytime flights
- The windows get very hot when the sun is shining on them
- Even in “dark mode” light still comes through when the sun is shining directly in
- The dimming is too slow
However, Gentex claims its next-generation windows will better block heat, offer high-speed transition between light and dark, and have an ultra-dark mode.
Even with those improvements, I would still hate to see a crew take control of the window shades on a daytime flight. However, I suppose if all three of those improvements are present I could live with the dimmable windows.
I believe that passengers should have the option of keeping their windows open on a daytime flight. For that reason alone I am against flight attendants locking dimmable windows. But I understand that this technology is appealing to airlines and would not be surprised to see it roll out on more Airbus aircraft.
What is your opinion of dimmable windows on airplanes?