Black shroud over an airplane seat … huh?

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    Augustine23634
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    Why would an airplane window seat (in coach) have a black shroud around it on all three sides? I saw this on a flight from Germany a few years ago. Visualize a shroud hanging from the ceiling and making a 90-degree angle at each corner of the seat, something like a very small shower curtain extending all the way to the floor. There was no way to tell whether anyone was behind the curtain or not. Could someone have died in flight? Or could it have been a criminal being transported in shackles? I swear I’m not making this up, and I didn’t have the nerve to ask a stewardess what was going on. Has anyone else ever seen this?

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    Augustine23576
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    I received the following answer from Lufthansa’s customer relations department: ‘What you saw on one of our aircraft a few years ago was probably a crew rest area. On some of our longhaul aircraft, crew rest seats are blocked off in the area of passenger seats. The curtain is usually drawn to avoid passengers reseating themselves in what they suppose are vacant seats. The curtain is also drawn when crew members sit there in order to rest. Hope that satisfactorily answers your question. We also offer special transportation of sick passengers on stretchers, in which case there is also a curtain around this area, so as not to disturb the sick person and all other guests in that area. This person is always accompanied by an escort, i.e. physician or other who sits in the same blocked off area.’ The only thing I wonder, then, is why was it a window seat completely surrounded by other seats? Seems that would make an awfully inconvenient ‘crew rest area’. The next time I see something like this, I’ll make it a point to ask a flight attendant ‘I don’t mean to be nosy, but what’s that?’.

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    Mike20407
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    I see this all the time on trans-Atlantic flights. The ‘shroud’ is just a curtain blocking off a row of seats where the crew can rest/sleep when they rotate shifts. If they weren’t hidden, passengers would never let them rest.

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