Qantas passenger faces jail for ‘attempting to open plane door at 39,000ft’
"US citizen Manuel Gonzalez apparently tried to wrench open the door of the Airbus A380 while it was cruising at 39,000 feet (12 km), Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported."
First do something really stupid, and pointless.
"Flight QF12 was 13 hours into its 15-hour journey from Los Angeles to Sydney when crew allegedly witnessed Gonzalez leaving his seat and attempting to open the exit. They intercepted him, returned him to his seat, and sat in the seats around him for the rest of the flight.
It is not clear why Gonzalez might have attempted to open the plane door – but even if he hadn’t been stopped he wouldn’t have been successful, because opening a plane door at high altitudes is impossible.
“Cabin pressure won’t allow it,” explains Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, a book about air travel. “Think of an aircraft door as a drain plug, fixed in place by the interior pressure. Almost all aircraft exits open inward. Some retract upward into the ceiling; others swing outward; but they open inward first.
“At a typical cruising altitude, up to eight pounds of pressure are pushing against every square inch of interior fuselage. That’s over 1,100 pounds against each square foot of door.”
He adds: “The doors are further secured by a series of electrical and/or mechanical latches. You would need a hydraulic jack, and airport security doesn’t allow those.'"
Then upon landing, surrender yourself to the authorities, confess your intentions, and accept your ten year sentence in at the wonderful DownUnderSpa.
Shoot for: "The Silverwater Correctional Complex, an Australian maximum and minimum security prison complex for males and females, is located in Silverwater, 21 kilometres (13 mi) west of the Sydney central business districtin New South Wales, Australia. The complex is operated by Corrective Services NSW, an agency of the Department of Attorney General and Justice, of the Government of New South Wales."
It's coed, and only 13 miles from Sydney's central business district, so great location. No beach views from the rooms, however.