I agree Kennicott, Very irritating. I love to look out the window during flights, when I can I select a window seat and take pictures. Those that deprive others of the simple pleasure are a bit selfish with the concept of personal space.
I enjoy looking out the window on a plane. I can see if the sun is in their eyes to close it. The last plane I was on was a Canadian regional Jet, the windows were to low to look out with out bending in your seat.
I tend to request an Isle seat for more leg room so I do not get control over the window shade.
I prefer them up, as I like to look outside. But you are not being a curmudgeon lol.
It is irritating that people sitting in the window seat feel a sense of ownership over whether the shade is up or down... but on the other side of the argument, when the sun is strong and beating down on that person, it may be the only way to get comfortable. It's not exactly fair to expect someone to cook in their own skin. There is a balance to be found... putting the shade up for take off/landing seems a happy compromise.
A little update. Ran into two other bad examples, these occurred on a Princess cruise/tour about seven weeks ago. Excellent cruise/tour I might add, five days on the coach and then 14 days on the sea. However, once again, and not necessarily a problem relegated only to Princess tours but one that gets under my skin, is the people who pull the window shades down during sightseeing. Twice on the ground portion of this trip folks felt compelled to pull their shades down due to "sun", they could see the landscape under the shade though while folks behind and across the isle could see very little in that direction. The first time it happened the fellow left the shade pulled down all day, even after there was no sun problem for him, can you believe it, his shade was down as we drove by Niagara Falls for our first viewing of them. He was far enough ahead of our seats I didn't get involved. But two days after that I did, with another dude. This time the guy pulled our shade down the one we used for prime viewing on our side of the coach. The sun was hitting the back of his head he said, like it was for everyone else on our side of the bus. He said he would swap seats with us, I said you have a deal. He asked are you on the other side, I said no. He didn't want to do it then.
So I pointed out there were four seats empty on the side of the bus with no sun. He didn't respond, probably because they were toward the back of the bus. A few minutes later we had a rest stop, as I walked by I pulled our mutual shade back up. Guess he got the message as he didn't pull in down again. Can't understand these people, why do they book a "sightseeing" tour. My wife was not happy with me. Tough. The only blemish on a great trip though.
I always request a window seat. I hate it when the steward asks everyone to close their shade when a movie is on but of course I comply. On the other hand, I have had the sun beat down on me at times & I close my shade.
I, too, have been on sightseeing coaches where passengers pull their curtains closed and I can't see out the window. Just one of the annoyances of travel...
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