From: email@example.com (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 18 Dec 95 15:26:04 Followups: 1 2 3 4
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During a recent use of Heathrow Airport, I noticed a Virgin Atlantic 747-400. It had some markings in 2 or 3 places, somewhat well above the windows. These markings *seemed* to indicate where escape would be possible (I *assume* emergency crews would have to somehow punch through the skin to get to passengers). Does anyone have any more information on the matter ? As well, what sort of interior arrangements have been done ? The positioning of these areas leeds me to beleive that the rescuers would also have to punch through the overhead luggage racks after they punched through the skin of plane. Is Virgin the only airline to have such markings. Is this a feature unique to Virvin's 747-400s or are all 747-400s like that with other airlines not having markings ? Finally: WHY are these there ? Under what sort of conditions would rescuers have to cut through the fuselage in such an emergency that these markings would save them those valuable seconds ?