What does the mysterious triangle symbol on flights mean if you’re seated next to it?
AEROPLANE PASSENGERS with keen eyes may have noticed a small triangle strewn across the cabin’s walls.
However, what does this symbol mean and how might it affect you?
When flying, you may have noticed a small black triangle symbol on the cabin wall.
This symbol is usually in the form of a sticker that is placed just above the window.
They’re found on almost all passenger planes.
They’re usually found at the end of a row of seats.
However, if you are seated next to this sticker onboard some types of aircraft and an emergency occurs, the placement of this sticker may have an impact on your journey.
Despite its diminutive size, the triangle symbol plays a critical role during the flight.
While windows are usually used as a portal to beautiful views outside, they are also a useful way for cabin crew onboard to check if something is wrong – especially if they are located above the wings.
You may notice these triangles above the wings the next time you board a flight.
They are especially important, according to retired aerospace engineer Lee Ballentine.
“The black triangle marks the location of what has been dubbed ‘William Shatner’s Seat,’ the seat with the clearest view of the wing,” he wrote on the online question and answer site Quora.
“From here, you can get the best visual check for ice or other issues inside the plane.”
“The Shatner reference is to Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, one of the strangest Twilight Zone episodes, which first aired on October 11, 1963.”
“In it, Shatner’s character sees a gremlin on the plane he’s on.”
If the crew is concerned, they can look out the window at the wings from this position without causing too much distress to the passengers.
“If flight crew need to check the wings, these triangles let them know the best vantage points for the slats and flaps outside,” Business Insider reports.
“The markings are especially useful in wintery conditions to ensure proper de-icing of the wings.”
Passengers in these rows may be seated near an over-wing emergency exit in some cases.
Passengers in these rows are typically required to open the emergency exit doors in the event of an emergency.
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