Wolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3034 times:
What a crazy action! Although aircrafts emergency exits are equipped with power assist (They are actually very powerful!), but I guess the pressure at 37,000 won't allow it. Does anybody have an idea of how powerful the pressure is at 37,000 feet?
May 10, 2001
A passenger on board a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Newark spat on a flight attendant, threatened passengers with a cane and tried to open the emergency exit while in flight.
An official said today that the 28-year-old Dutchman, who was described as "clearly unstable," ignored orders from flight crew to turn off his mobile phone.
He ripped up his passport and said he would hit passengers and flight attendants. He then took a seat in business class, claiming he suffered from claustrophobia.
"At 37,000 feet he decided it was time to go and tried to open the emergency exit," a spokesman said. However, due to the cabin pressure, it was impossible to open the aircraft's emergency door.
Eventually, the man was handcuffed by the captain and guarded by two passengers for the rest of the flight.
Upon arrival in the United States, the man was put on the next flight back to the Netherlands under the supervision of two private security guards.
He was arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and will face charges of attempting to endanger the lives of passengers, the spokesman said.
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2926 times:
Well, I have no solid numbers here, but I'm going to guess the pressure differential is at least 4 psi. If that is indeed the case, and the door has a surface area of say 8 sqft, we're looking at (with these estimates, which I believe to be quite modest) a force of 5000 pounds.
Wolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
I don't know about other airlines, but AC carries the plastic strips which is very hard to break in their cockpit. It can be cut off with a special kind of scissors but they cannot tie up the passenger to a fixed part of the aircraft in case if anything happens. It's kindda weird that they will keep you in J class, I believe those rude and uncontrollable PAX r tied up in the last role of the Y cabin.
Matt From Canada, joined May 1999, 701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
The FAs use the red tag to indicate that the door is "armed". Doors are armed before the aircraft starts moving and disarmed once the aircraft stops at the gate. That's what the crew does when you hear "Prepare doors for departure/arrival" or "Arm and cross-check".
Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2726 times:
Perhaps he was distraught over the Chinese squirrels being sent through the shredder courtesy of KLM. Either way with the cabin pressure stabilized at 8-9 psi at this altitude one must learn that you need to compress this volume of air over the whole area of pressurized areas of the aircraft in order to get this door open if you wish to terminate your flight. Maybe if you have a tank on board pulling at the door from inside you can succeed. Even if you have a tight plane without many air leaks and just the ground air conditioning hose hooked up on the ground you cannot enter unless you have a car or a crash axe as even at .5 psi you will not get in by yourself.