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In the opening of the movie, Captain Robau (Faran Tahir) pilots a shuttle to the Romulan mining craft.

The shuttle he piloted has a set of plastic curtains between the pilot and the rest of the crew bay.

We see that other shuttles from the same generation (such as the medical evacuation shuttle that George Kirk's wife is evacuated on) and also shuttles from later generations (such as the one Pike uses to drop Kirk and the others from) have actual doors between the rear of the craft and the pilot.

What purpose would such curtains serve? Do they provide a film-element that I'm overlooking such as "indicates that it's a craft and not a set"?

Sidenote: is that canon I just missed and that's why they were used?

A screenshot of what I'm referring to

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A screenshot might help. – coleopterist Sep 3 '13 at 4:12
A screen shot will definitely help! – KeyBrd Basher Sep 3 '13 at 6:05
I saw the plastic curtains, I guess its because the shuttle was specially made for the captain only and captain needs a little more privacy. – Mistu4u Sep 3 '13 at 6:18
How would you suggest a clear curtain provides privacy? :p – jcolebrand Sep 4 '13 at 18:58
Hey guys, here's a screenshot. – jcolebrand Sep 4 '13 at 19:23

Could be a case of art imitating life here, airlines have been equipping clear curtains which serve three functions simultaneously.

  1. Dampen sound.
  2. Provide a physical barrier to discourage people passing through them.
  3. Allow an air marshal to be able to see into all cabins without moving around the plane.

It seems perfectly reasonable then to assume that a shuttle captain may want to block noise out of the rest of the shuttle in order to concentrate, and still be able to see if any funny business is going on.

It could also conceivably have been installed to reduce the amount of post-processing needing to be done on the audio.

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I really doubt that it's there to make the post-processing easier, but I do agree with the rest, so, +1 – Tom Sep 6 '13 at 7:23
Yeah, I agree that's probably a bit far-fetched. – mootinator Sep 6 '13 at 15:06

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