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I Just Wanna See The Cabin Door Open, Can I?  
User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

On my next trip on AA down to Dallas, Texas (DFW) and on to Miami, Florida (MIA) we are flying there on a "super 80" for one part of the four leg journey. The rest is on the 757, how odd, it usually seems to be the other way around. lol. Well anyway on my side fastination with comercial aviation ive discovered kind of a new interest inside the plane. I discovered my interest while watching a Flight Attendant training show about American Airlines and they had to open the cabin doors from the inside of the aircraft. These doors open oddly and are really "neat" in my opinion. Do you think when the plane lands the cabin crew would let me come up front and stand to the side of the galley and let me watch them open the door? Hey im a teenager but I hope they dont think im wierd, how should I ask them? Hey thanks for alll the imput I really appriciate the advice.

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User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Hi there... you can still visit the cockpit after 9-11, I would do it all the time on my United flights and on a Southwest flight. I was even let to sit jumpseat on the ground in DEN (to SFO) for the preflight on a UA 767-322/ER... than the Captain suggested the FO to get up and take my photo in the right seat  Smile/happy/getting dizzy. Those pilots were very friendly and the FO said he was considering the same camera I was using, so I gave him a short review and told him where and how much I paid for it...Just one of the reasons UA is the best...And this was just a few months ago in February.

On my most recent NW flights last week, I was denied...and I only asked the FA at the door while deplaning to take a photo of the flight deck after the BIS-MSP flight (DC95). But I believe it was because the pilots weren't in there at the time... and I think the FA thought I wanted to sit there or something... lol... only a photo lady!

Good luck! All depends on the crew and what mood they are in....

...Serge  Smile

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

99% of the time, the cabin crew does not touch the door for opening and closing. The crew does however arm and disarm the doors. On the S80, this will involve having the flight attendant latch a girt bar to the floor. On the 757, the crew members will move a lever in a box positioned in the mid section of the door.

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User currently offlineJFK742 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

Airlines have different policies for flight attendant procedures on doors. I am a former flight attendant for AA...on the MD80, AA has the flight attendant just "crack" the door...in other words, the handle is rotated just a little bit to get it going..and then the agent takes over...the same goes for the 737-800 which also has a girt bar. On doors without girt bars, AA f/a's do not touch the doors at all..they only arm and disarm them and the agent does all of the opening and closing from the outside.

The only way you could view the door being "cracked" and opened on the MD80 is if you were sitting far up in the plane and could get your bags fast enough after the seat belt sign is turned off, to walk up into the forward galley and observe it. Usually the passengers in the first row of first class always see this happen. The door is not opened until the jetbridge is fully extended and the agent knocks on the door.

I also used to fly for NW and f/a's did not touch the door handles at all, on any plane...unless the captain requested...I can remember being asked to open door 5L on a 747 in AMS in the middle of the summer, during a mechanical problem with no a/c. I also remember a little dog that got loose on that flight and started to run towards the open door..i caught the little thing just in time!

User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Oh sorry... I misinterpreted what door you wanted to see being opened.. I was thinking you said the cockpit door for some reason...

*bows head in shame* Embarrassment


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Heck, if you were staying in Dallas, you could come see how we (SWA) repair the doors and get a real idea of how they work.

Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4043 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

In the UK on Bmi, the cabin crew's always open the door from the inside, but at VS, the door's are always opened from the outside......I've done it/seen it hundreds of times, and it's really not that interesting.....  Yawn .....lol Big grin

"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 23 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

thanks so far, im at school right now checking this but i will right mor ein a few hours when I am home, but still i wasnt to sure what some were saying, can I go up there or not if i asked nicely, ill write later personaly to a few of you that i had some questions for. thanks again be back latter

User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1891 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (13 years 16 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

come on people help me out here!

User currently offlineSetjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 15 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Just do it!


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

It never hurts to ask.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
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