From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brandon M Walts) Organization: University of Oregon, Eugene Date: 08 Sep 95 02:35:32 References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1995.1355@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Tony Blades <tonyB@seavixen.demon.co.uk> wrote: >There are no locks on any doors or hatches, the only thing that prevents >someone opening a hatch in flight is cabin pressure. A 2' x 4' overwing >exit hatch has around 8 lbs/sq in holding it closed, and that translates >to over 4 tons! I don't know of anyone strong enough to move that sort >of weight. Once the aircraft is depressurised after it leaves the runway >after landing, the hatch could then be opened as the pressure on either >side has been equalised. On a related note, what's the case with outward-opening doors, like the kind on Airbus aircraft, airstair doors, etc.? On a couple of occasions, while flying on A300s, the rear galley/lavatory area turned into a makeshift bar and gathering spot, often with people standing inches from the door handles. I was personally worried by this, and wondered if there was something that kept doors of this type from being opened in flight.