I recall whilst visiting Adelaide in 2001 that we were allowed to exit out 737 a/c from both the front and the rear doors.
I have deplaned from many a/c useing stairs before, but these were 'covered' stairs. I mean, you were covered ONLY while you came down the stairs.
What was the point of having covered stairs? I didn't understand. I mean, it WAS raining that day. And for few seconds that we WERE on the flight of stairs, you are dry, but then you have to WALK on the tarmac, into the airport anyway. So you get wet just the same.
So is there a functional point to having such equipement?
Opps, here is a photo of a SIMILAR stairway.
Photo © Krzysztof Skowronski
[Edited 2003-02-24 03:54:11]