Scratchy airliner windows ruin photos

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jkoch2
jkoch2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,198
Scratchy airliner windows ruin photos

Plenty of air travelers never look out the window at all.  The clouds or landscapes below may appear monotonously similar.  Sleep, food, drink, on board entertainment, reading, or work may be more pleasing or urgent.  Half the shades are apt to be pulled down.

Any who do look out the windows probably notice lots of scratches on the inner or outer panes.  The few to try to take pictures are apt to get poor results, especially if the scratches reflect or defract light on the sunny side of the vessel.

What explains the outside scratches?  Do the fleets all get scrubbed with coarse steel wool?  Is the "glass" really a rather soft plastic composite that is prone to scratching?

Or to little gnomes, of the kind depicted in "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," persistently claw at the windows to beckon passengers to raise the shades?

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