Cubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3348 times:
Collective a.net hive-mind, answer this one for me. I flew LHR-AMS yesterday on a BA A321 and I snagged myself the exit row window seat. Acres of legroom of course but from the moment we took off the emergency exit was making rather disconcerting noises. I would describe it was sounding like someone crushing a big plastic soda bottle. It was quiet at times and other times I could feel it right the way through the floorboards. I asked the FA and she said "oh it does that all the time, it's just the plastic." Not a very technical answer, but at least she tried. Now I fly a LOT, particularly on 320s and 319s - admittedly this is my first 321 trip in many years - and I've never heard anything like this.
JetMARC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3001 times:
It happens on all doors on the airbus. The creaking and popping sounds are more noticeable during take off and landing, turbulence, and pressurization stages as the locking pins inside the door frame pull or rub against each other. A bad seal would cause a steady whistling sound or hum which would have to be constant and "carry a tune"...
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Jafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2315 times:
I work as a FA on the airbus'. All the doors of the 319/320/321 pop and snap like that during the takeoff and landing as the cabin is being pressurized. This happens on every flight. It its not so noticable to pax on the 319/320 because pax don't typically sit next to the doors on those types. On the 321 pax sit next to doors 2 and 3.
I have worked to A330 a few times and never noticed this on that aircraft type.
Kimberlyrj From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 385 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2193 times:
When working for Caledonian Airways I noticed this noise on the exits during taxi etc. I was worried the first time I heard it but as I heard it on a lot of flights I just took it as ‘normal operations’.
The aircraft I work on now have their own unique noises as well, some of them catch even us out!