I'm enjoying reading the "Friendly Skies" thread and do appreciate the role and assistance of flight attendances.
For some reason the discussion prompted another question: Did airlines recently make mandatory closing the windows on Transatlantic flights? On our last trip (on a major airline based in another country with a blue and white logo..) the flight attendants were quite insistent that all windows be closed. I appreciate that the light might bother some people but that's what the eyeshades they pass out are for.
I always book a window seat so I can look out at the window - particularly the artic features of northern Canada and Greenland. And I love looking at Scotland as we near landing - there's really only a couple of hours where you're completely over water.
And yet it seems there's been increasing demand by the flight attendants to keep the windows closed. In which case the window seat is truly awful because it's so hard to get out.