What If Your Airplane Door Burst Open Mid-Flight?

What If Your Airplane Door Burst Open Mid-Flight?

Flying may be more horrifying than you think.
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Further Reading —
[1] http://www.npl.co.uk/reference/faqs/why-does-atmospheric-pressure-change-with-altitude-(faq-pressure)
[2] https://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/altitude.html
[3] http://time.com/4901296/why-do-your-ears-pop-on-airplanes/
[4] http://www.traveller.com.au/why-planes-fly-at-35000-feet-the-reason-for-high-altitude-flights-guxhc9
[5] https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/cox/2014/02/02/maximum-altitude-airlines-concorde/5165635/
[6] http://www.flyingmag.com/how-it-works-bleed-air
[7] https://www.faa.gov/tv/?mediaId=466
[8] http://www.skycargo.com/english/about-us/our-fleet/
[9] http://uk.businessinsider.com/what-happens-if-you-open-a-plane-door-mid-flight-2017-7
[10] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-truths/What-happens-if-you-open-the-plane-door-during-a-flight/
[11] http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/a/african-elephant/
[12] https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/qanda-a-virgin-atlantic-flight-attendant-explains-the-secrets-of-flying
[13] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/quora/is-it-possible-for-a-huma_b_2334080.html
[14] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rXGRPMD-GQ
[15] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/05/130528-airplane-door-open-midflight-pilot-eject/
[16] https://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/how-things-work-cabin-pressure-2870604/
[17] http://fortune.com/2017/07/25/can-airplane-doors-open-mid-flight/
[18] https://www.faa.gov/pilots/training/airman_education/media/ac%2061-107a.pdf
[19] http://www.brainstuffshow.com/blogs/how-airplane-cabin-pressurization-works-keeping-you-comfortable-in-the-death-zone-at-33000-feet.htm
[20] http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,149181,00.html
[21] http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/skydiving1.htm
[22] http://fortune.com/2017/07/20/are-airplanes-safer-than-cars/
[23] http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/injury-facts-chart.aspx

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67 Responses

  1. Die hard Trulexovac says:

    Im watching this on a plane lol!

  2. Nam Nguyen says:

    I’m going on a plane in two days and this vid gets released…

  3. Dolapo Bolinda says:


  4. Continual Improvement says:

    What would happen if the door burst open and the Kool Aid guy jumps in: “oh yeaaahhh”

  5. Leigha Lawrence says:

    Oh just make me more nervous to fly LOL!😂

    • Kennet says:

      The thing is even though flying is statistically safer compared to other forms transportation, once the accident strikes your chances of survival are very slim. In the event of a plane crash you will likely die on impact. Your chance of survival may increase or decrease depending on where you are seated in the plane, and the angle of the plane when crash landing. At least when you’re driving a car you have much more control over it, as a passenger in an airplane you do not. In conclusion, the fear of flying largely stems from two things: 1) lack of knowledge regarding how airplanes function and operate, 2) the fact you have no control over the plane if something were to happen, meaning your life is effectively in the hands of the pilots.

    • Kevin Benoit says:

      How did this make you more nervous? He literally gave several reasons for how it’s much safer than we previously thought before watching the video.

    • itachi1958 says:

      bus across the ocean

    • yandere chan says:

      im going to Cuba next month .-.

  6. Lydie Bousch says:

    I’m a flight attendant and I approve this video.

  7. Dr.StickFigure says:

    News report in 2 weeks: Crazy man opens airplane window after seeing ASAPSCIENCE VIDEO. Lawsuit pending

  8. The Ace Of Spades says:

    I’ll just take the bus…

  9. The Science Biome says:

    My day would go *ajar*

    • 22640cal says:

      Hopefully those with the Wright attitudes with make better puns…. it’s in the air now. Cleared for take off on the punway! Hopefully it takes off. And I give props to those who try.

      P.s no 9/11 jokes, those are plane wrong

    • Raghav Murthy says:

      22640cal you’re a legend lol. Do you mean Wright Altitudes tho? … Puns always make you look trying too hard sadly

    • Sebastian Elytron says:

      22640cal LMAO is your name how much I need to eat in a day to be as clever as you?

    • Jesus Christ says:

      I love how this comment will probably get a 1k likes within the next 24 hours even though the pun makes zero sense.

      “My day would go ‘open'”?
      Yeah, nice try.

    • Lord Voldemort says:

      Lord 😂😂😂

  10. Tell Me This says:

    it will be a plane death… meh

  11. King JME says:

    Simple. You die

    • RexurGaming says:

      Yep, frozen by the extremely cold temperatures up in the atmosphere.
      (I didnt even watch the video, but Im pretty sure thats what happens when the airplane loses cabin-pressure.)

    • sacr3 says:

      Wrong and wrong, if the door is opened air will rush out and it’ll get a bit cold. The aircraft will start a rapid descent very quickly as the pilots bring her down to a regular breathable level, as this happens the oxygen masks will drop and when you pull the pin the oxygen candles will burn creating around 15 minutes of oxygen. You have more than enough time to put it on your face and yank. You’ll be a bit cold but you won’t freeze, within minutes you’ll be back below 10K feet and you’ll be able to breathe.

      Pilot will have to trim to adjust for the drag, but will be able to safely land the plane and all will be fine.

      Assuming the door doesn’t fly into the horizontal stab destroying the elevator. Otherwise, engine loss, bit of wing damage, you can still land safely.

      TL;DR you’ll be fine.

  12. bellabieber09 says:

    This is great for my anxiety yay

  13. markielup3 says:

    @AsapSCIENCE So, sorry to say this but this is pretty much false information. a whole plane emptying itself will not take passengers with it. There is however a chance people literally right next to the door would be blown out if they dont have seatbelts on. This topic has been covered in so many science classes and videos. Your information given in this video is wrong and u should remake this video with factual information.

    • Luca van Straaten says:

      totaly agree

    • VosurAekira says:

      And I would like to add that most aircraft doors do NOT have an electronic lock on them that the pilot can engage or disengage. This is experience from a prior aircraft maintainer. Those that do were made within the last 10 years, but most companies just refit older craft with newer parts and such a modification is VERY expensive.

  14. Argus FPV says:

    Windows are actually rounded to reduce stress on the fuselage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rXGRPMD-GQ

  15. THRILLHO says:

    Excellent work as always, guys 🙂

  16. adam mac says:

    Can always count on you guys to answer some of life’s biggest questions. Thanks for that.

  17. adam mac says:

    Darn, I can only move 2 African Bush Elephants. Well there goes _that_ idea. 😅

  18. ElectroBlastLuigi says:

    So much for planning cross country to Washington and California. I’ll take a anything that doesn’t fly.

  19. Dat face Tho says:


  20. JayJay the Makeup Boi says:

    I have always wondered what would happen

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