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Callalily

(14,903 posts)
Wed May 31, 2023, 06:49 PM May 2023

How Easy Is It to Open the Emergency Exit Mid-Flight?

Well, we all hear stories about some disturbed person opening the emergency door. And when I board a plane, I look at those that are in this aisles to try to gauge if they are capable and more so, person(s) that could possibly go off the deep end and try to open the door. This article has put my mind at ease.

https://www.fodors.com/news/news/can-you-actually-open-the-emergency-exit-mid-flight

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How Easy Is It to Open the Emergency Exit Mid-Flight? (Original Post) Callalily May 2023 OP
It's impossible if the airplane is pressurized. Ocelot II May 2023 #1
Yes, I know. But . . . Callalily May 2023 #4
Never even thought about. Must be hard living in your head, lol LizBeth May 2023 #2
Intellectually I know that it's impossible. Callalily May 2023 #5
lol LizBeth May 2023 #7
Try it and let us know Effete Snob May 2023 #3
Ohhhhhhhh nooooooooo. Callalily May 2023 #6
Whenever I'm boarding and am in an exit row... Effete Snob May 2023 #11
impossible unless you are at a very low altitude drray23 May 2023 #8
Yup, I'm truly aware of this. Callalily May 2023 #9
Not sure why people think this is funny MerryHolidays May 2023 #10
There is no lock on the doors Major Nikon May 2023 #12

LizBeth

(9,956 posts)
2. Never even thought about. Must be hard living in your head, lol
Wed May 31, 2023, 06:52 PM
May 2023

Teasing. Good though for reassurance now that I am thinking about it.

Callalily

(14,903 posts)
5. Intellectually I know that it's impossible.
Wed May 31, 2023, 06:56 PM
May 2023

But then there are those Twilight Zone episodes. (winking)

Callalily

(14,903 posts)
6. Ohhhhhhhh nooooooooo.
Wed May 31, 2023, 06:57 PM
May 2023

Those flight attendants are really on the ball! They are looking out for anything nefarious.

 

Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
11. Whenever I'm boarding and am in an exit row...
Wed May 31, 2023, 07:02 PM
May 2023

...as soon as the scanner thingie goes beep, I look the gate agent in the eye and say, "I am able, prepared and eager to perform all emergency exit row functions!"

drray23

(7,644 posts)
8. impossible unless you are at a very low altitude
Wed May 31, 2023, 06:58 PM
May 2023

otherwise the lower outside pressure compared to cabin pressure seals the door.

MerryHolidays

(7,715 posts)
10. Not sure why people think this is funny
Wed May 31, 2023, 07:00 PM
May 2023

Until this happened, I didn't realize anyone could open doors on a commercial aircraft unless the doors were unarmed by the flight crew.

The fact that doors can be opened during take-offs and landings are a concern. Ask the folks on the Asiana flight if you have doubts. And note that Asiana has stopped selling seats next to emergency exits.

Major Nikon

(36,831 posts)
12. There is no lock on the doors
Wed May 31, 2023, 09:11 PM
May 2023

There have been instances when doors have departed the aircraft from not being properly secured. Generally this happens shortly after takeoff and to my knowledge there’s never been any casualties from the event other than the massive cost of repairing the aircraft.

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