|Quoting tdscanuck (Reply 63):|
Almost all jets have EE bay access in flight (if you know where to look), and they've all got a crash axe on the flight deck. If you can reach the EE bay with a crash axe, getting into the cargo bay isn't hard.
With a crash axe and enough determination, there are few things that can't be reached. Since regular access from the cabin is not a priority, these may be obstructed. Even in an all cargo config, e and e doors are frequently obstructed by pallets. Now that you mention it though, I do recall an old TWA training film that showed the FE
removing the carpet to access the e and e on a 747.
I am not sure I would do this if I knew I had a large number of unrestrained people in the cabin, not to mention service carts. I know this can cause significant injuries, including compound fractures. Plus you run the risk of shifting a lot of weight forward, which may or may not help your situation.
Now if you drop the cabin pressure, even if you only raise it to 10,000 feet, people will run out of stamina quickly, as most people live at significantly lower elevations. You could even run it up to 15,000 and that would settle anyone but a dedicated marathoner down pretty quickly, with little risk to themselves. Plus, once folks are settled, you could restore normal cabin pressure with