Why You Should Never Open an Airplane Door Mid-Flight

You could probably never manage to open a door mid-flight, but here's why you really shouldn't even try.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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The title of this video can be a bit misleading because you can never ever open an airplane door mid-flight even if you wanted to. Plenty of security measures have been put into place to guarantee that such a thing never happens.

In addition, there is the element of pressure that keeps the door neatly in place where it should be. A flying aircraft is pressurized to keep the inner air pressure at a survivable level. 

If a plane is flying at a typical cruising altitude, an average of 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) of pressure is applied on every square inch of the plane surface. A plane passenger door is typically around 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and about 3.5 feet (1 m) wide. That means that to open it you would have to overcome 24,000 lbs (10.9 metric tons) of force. That's roughly the weight of six adult male hippopotamuses!

You can see now why it would be impossible to open an airplane door mid-flight. But what if by some magic someone managed to do so. What would happen then? All hell would break loose and we would venture a guess that very few passengers would manage to survive it.

Still curious to find out what would happen? Then, watch our video where we describe it in great detail.

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