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  •  Well, there you go. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Cabin Is Pressurized" doesn't mean "Cabin Is Sealed"

    Therefore, a bullet hole just means the air leaks out more quickly than normal. So the "OMG PEEPS WILL GET SUCKED OUT" is just ignorant fear.

    Not to forget the danger of a bullet hitting something like a fuel line, a hydraulic line, motors or some other very important electronics... so I'm still not in favor of loaded guns on people or in carry-on bags.

    Now get yourself a song to sing, and sing it till you're done.

    by JayFromPA on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:05:16 PM PDT

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    •  At the back of the plane, (0+ / 0-)

      usually in the tail cone, is a good sized hole.  It has a spring loaded cover.  Its job is to regulate the cabin pressure.  Air is bled from the compressor stage of an engine, enters the cabin, and exits out the back.  If you were to open a hole in the fuselage, the spring on the cover would close the flap, so that the location of the leak would change, but the amount wouldn't.

      I know they are designed to cope with the loss of a window.  They are tough, but nothing is unbreakable.

      This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

      by rjnerd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:07:27 PM PDT

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    •  Erm, or a person. (0+ / 0-)

      An airplane contains an awful lot of them in an awfully tight space. Seems like a bullet going out the window would be a best-case scenario, unless the bad guys never shoot and the good guys never miss and the bullets all have the decency to stop upon entering a bad guy.

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      by Code Monkey on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 04:53:18 AM PDT

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      •  That's what hollow points are for. (0+ / 0-)

        The hollow point at the front of a bullet is there to bring the bullet to a quick stop. They are like parachutes.

        Now get yourself a song to sing, and sing it till you're done.

        by JayFromPA on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 03:21:47 PM PDT

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