Billy asked in TravelAir Travel · 1 decade ago

why are midnight flights called 'red eye'?

whenever someone talks about midnight flights they call them red eye flights. like the dixie chicks song goodbye earl they say 'red eye midnight flight'

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They call them "red eye" because people have a hard time getting a good night's sleep since they are on a plane during the time they would normally sleep. When you're tired, you get bloodshot eyes. Thus the flight is called a "red eye".

  • 1 decade ago

    Because the flights are overnight, people that are on the flights usually do not sleep. Majority of people that do not get sleep will have red eyes in the morning. This is why midnight flights are called 'red eye' flights.

  • 4 years ago

    Red Eye Cafe Indianapolis

  • 1 decade ago

    People stay up all night in airports/on planes with these late flights and their eyes look tired and bloodshot as a result..Hence the expression "red eye." There is a cafe in downtown Indianapolis that stays open all night after the bars close it's called the "Red Eye Cafe." Same concept.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I'm curious for the answer to this question as well

  • 1 decade ago

    Because your eyes are red from lack of sleep...

  • gary o
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It is a play on words.......if you stay up late your eyes could be tired and your eyes red.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if you stay up all night you will have blood shot eyes or red eye

  • 5 years ago

    Do not think so

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