Re: cabin chimes

Date:         22 Feb 99 03:30:21 
From: (JWizardC)
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Generally, the first chime comes at gear up. This 'used' to mean it was
okay to smoke, and it was time for the Flight Attendants to get up and
start work. Now, of course, there's no smoking.

The next chime is generally linked either to the flap retraction, or the
aircraft passing 10,000'. In either case, it is assumed that it's
reasonably okay for us mere mortals to get up and wander the aircraft.
After several recent accidents, it is still ->strongly<- recommended
that you spend most of your time in your seat belted in.

During descent, the chiming is reversed; the Fasten Seat Belt sign comes
on at 10,000', and the No Smoking sign is cycled at gear down.