Why is it so important for all crewmembers, flight attendants and pilots, to adapt their vision to outside conditions for takeoff and landing, particularly at night?

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I am on a 50 passenger seat aircraft that has two jumpseats. Only one Flight Attendant is required. If a  jumpseat rider occupies the empty jumpseat, does that constitute a fifty‐first seat, triggering the requirement to add a second Flight Attendant? 

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Most airlines have cabin lights turned off or on the lowest setting before takeoff and landing at night. Is this a regulation or a best practice? 

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We all get taught galley security and I understand why it needs to be done, but what’s the worst thing that could possibly happen? 

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Must armrests in exit seats must be fixed, or is it up to the operator to decide whether the armrests can be of the movable type?

In all my travels on airlines around the world, I’ve yet to see an exit seat with movable armrests. I’m not 100% sure if there is a regulation that requires it, however from a functional standpoint, all exit seat armrests are fixed because they contain the tray used by a passenger seated there. 

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Is there a minimum height requirement to work as a flight attendant? Are there any factors that can affect the minimum height requirement that some airlines list on job postings?

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Can a passenger bring a full-size pillow on board and does it need to be stowed for take-off and landing? Would the answer be different if the same passenger with a pillow was seated in an exit seat? What about large stuffed toy pillows that children sometimes bring on board?

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