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Hephaestion
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posted 21 November 2005 11:37 PM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
French tourist admits she tried to open airliner door to smoke while drunk

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A French woman who is terrified of flying admitted in an Australian court Monday that she drunkenly tried to open an airplane door mid-flight to smoke a cigarette.

Sadrine Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft. Sellies was travelling on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to the east coast city of Brisbane on Saturday when the incident occurred at the start of a three-week Australian vacation with her husband, the court heard.

She walked toward one of the aircraft's emergency exits with an unlit cigarette and a lighter in her hand and began tampering with the door, prosecutors said. But a flight attendant intervened and took Sellies back to her seat.

Sellies was arrested and charged by police on arrival at Brisbane airport.



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Papal Bull
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posted 21 November 2005 11:57 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Would yelling "OH SNAP!" be inappropriate?
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maestro
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posted 23 November 2005 05:00 AM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
Would yelling "OH SNAP!" be inappropriate?

I don't get it...


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Southlander
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posted 23 November 2005 05:14 AM      Profile for Southlander     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
me neither.....please elaberate.
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Reality. Bites.
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posted 23 November 2005 08:12 AM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
A French woman who is terrified of flying

How frigging drunk do you have to be to think opening an airplane emergency door in mid-flight is OK?

She should be facing a lifetime ban on flying and have a choice of being sent home sedated or in handcuffs.


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Melsky
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posted 23 November 2005 08:19 AM      Profile for Melsky   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is it possible for a passenger to actually open one of those doors in flight? I would think the air pressure would be too much.

And I can't even comprehend being that drunk.


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skdadl
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posted 23 November 2005 08:30 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I almost did something like this once, except I wasn't drunk and I wasn't wanting a smoke (smoker though I am). I was walking from car to car in a train in Scotland, looking for the snack bar. And I'd picked up a sort of rhythm: get to end of car, bang into the bar that opens the door, enter next car, etc etc etc -- I'd just stopped thinking about what I was doing. Suddenly, I banged into one bar and -- it was locked. I stood there for a moment quite frustrated and jiggled and banged away at the bar -- how could it bar my way?

Yes. It was the last car on the train. That was the back door. If it hadn't been locked, skdadl would now be a wee meat pie on the railway. A haggis, I guess. I still have flashbacks.

[ 23 November 2005: Message edited by: skdadl ]


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Reality. Bites.
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posted 23 November 2005 08:50 AM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Melsky:
Is it possible for a passenger to actually open one of those doors in flight? I would think the air pressure would be too much.

I think the air pressure is on this inside of the plane, trying to get out, so unless there's some kind of safety device preventing it, opening the door would be no problem.


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Crippled_Newsie
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posted 23 November 2005 09:12 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Melsky:
Is it possible for a passenger to actually open one of those doors in flight?

Only once.


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Boom Boom
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posted 23 November 2005 09:26 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
About six years ago I was on a helicopter over Harrington Harbour during 'freeze-up' and on my way to the next village, when one of the doors blew open. The 'copter shook a bit then continued on its way. I'm glad helicopters have shoulder belts as well as seat belts!

edited to add: for the rest of the short trip o Chevery, the helicopter pilot flew low to minimize the buffeting effect. There was never any danger.

[ 23 November 2005: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]


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idontandwontevergolf
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posted 23 November 2005 09:40 AM      Profile for idontandwontevergolf     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the article mentioned that she had taken a tranquilizer as well as a few drinks.

Ativan mixed with alcohol is the only way I can fly in the big planes. (inexplicably I love flying in little planes)

One day a big plane I was in had to make an emergency landing (actually based on my alerting the flight attendant's to smoke in the cabin - though drunk and stoned I am still an excellent backseat driver while flying). Once we had all deplaned and we were back in the airport, I stood on a table and organized all of the passengers to invade the customer service desk as I had learned they were giving out meal and hotel chits only to the passengers that complained.

I doubt I would have opened the hatch to have a smoke though. But if you knew me, standing on a table and organizing a mass protest is definitely not in my nature.


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skdadl
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posted 23 November 2005 09:48 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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Mr. Magoo
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posted 23 November 2005 10:13 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think they should force her to go home by ship. A "smoke-free" ship. What a dumbass.
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cco
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posted 23 November 2005 10:22 AM      Profile for cco     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by RealityBites:

I think the air pressure is on this inside of the plane, trying to get out, so unless there's some kind of safety device preventing it, opening the door would be no problem.


There is -- passenger doors on modern airliners are all designed to open inward ("plug" doors), so that air pressure at altitude keeps the doors shut. (Some of them swing outside the plane once they've been opened, but they have to be pulled inward and to the side first.)


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Doug
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posted 23 November 2005 11:20 AM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal Bull:
Would yelling "OH SNAP!" be inappropriate?

I think I'll go with pwned.


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