Jackbr
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When Did Airlines Start Designating Doors?

Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:28 am

Today airlines designate doors in a Left-Right numerical system, for example at Qantas a 737 has doors L1 R1 L2 R2, while an American Airlines 737 had 1L 2R 2L 2R.

I've seen 1950s/early 60s era flight attendant training paraphanalia which will use terms such as forward and aft doors etc. Bearing in mind this was a time when doors were never armed unless in an actual emergency. "Arm doors and crosscheck" would have been completely unfamiliar.

When did it become compulsory to designate doors in the manner they do today? (and in turn, Flight Attendant duties will usually coincide with their allocated doors - it's quite important)
 
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RE: When Did Airlines Start Designating Doors?

Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:34 am

Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
I've seen 1950s/early 60s era flight attendant training paraphanalia which will use terms such as forward and aft doors etc. Bearing in mind this was a time when doors were never armed unless in an actual emergency

Are you saying that doors on 707s and DC-8s etc. in their early years of service were not armed as a standard procedure before takeoff? I find that hard to believe. That could create problems and delays in the event of an actual emergency with the result that the escape slide may not deploy when the cabin doors were opened.
 
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RE: When Did Airlines Start Designating Doors?

Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:47 am

There is a post on the forum somewhere from an AA Flight Attendant who supports this...

Prior to the mid 1960s the doors on the 707, DC-8 etc didn't even have girt bars to attach to the floor. The slide pack had to manually attached, and this was only done in the event of an emergency.

There is a UA 720 safety card that shows this - I'll try find it.


Edit: Easy - found it http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrottle...649411354/in/set-72157624158041808

[Edited 2011-04-21 17:48:53]

[Edited 2011-04-21 18:11:05]
 
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RE: When Did Airlines Start Designating Doors?

Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:31 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):
Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
I've seen 1950s/early 60s era flight attendant training paraphanalia which will use terms such as forward and aft doors etc. Bearing in mind this was a time when doors were never armed unless in an actual emergency

Are you saying that doors on 707s and DC-8s etc. in their early years of service were not armed as a standard procedure before takeoff? I find that hard to believe.

There was an accident of a TWA 707 in Rome where the plane veered off the side of the runway during an aborted takeoff and hit a ground vehicle resulting in a fire. The crew had to open the door, remove a slide pack from an overhead panel, attach the girt bar, inflate the slide, then try to get the passengers out. Try doing this with a planeload of panicked passengers while the plane is on fire.

It's also natural for passengers to run to the front of the airplane to escape. Many of the passengers who died in this accident tried to exit in the front of the cabin. They were seated only a few rows in front of the overwing exit.

After this accident the FAA required that planes have slides which can be armed to inflate automatically in case of an emergency evacuation.

The FAA also required that passengers are told the nearest exit may be behind them.

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