Can some one live at 35,000 ft. without pressurization (sp)?
Can one do this for 9 hours straight?
Never mind the cold, what about air pressure?
No, your chances of surviving are VERY VERY VERY low, but the people who stowaway have no comprehension of this fact, and think it will be just like hanging on to a horse, or a car, or a train.
I think the hold is pressurised. In fact I know it's pressureised because when that Turkish DC-10 went down in France, the cargo door had'nt been shut properly and so the lack of pressure sucked the cabin floor down.
Yes, holds are pressurised. If they werent, there would be a huge ammount of pressure on the floor, that would accumulate in the corners, and cause a collapse. Thats why aircraft are tube shaped, sharp corners are succeptible to pressure fatigue (just look at the Comet disaster.
It is definitely a scary thought that people can get on board an aircraft like this, though, it says something about the security of airports flown to by major carriers. Now just immagine if it was a suicide bomber, and not someone seeking a better life...
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