• Question: If i was to open a window on a aeroplane why would i be sucked out of the plane.

    Asked by ciara1999 to Ed, Sam on 24 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Sam Tazzyman

      Sam Tazzyman answered on 24 Jun 2011:


      The pressure up in the air is much less than the pressure on the ground. The pressure inside the aeroplane is artificially kept similar to the pressure on the ground. So if there is a whole in the plane while it is high up in the air, for example because someone opened a window or door, there would be a big difference between the pressure inside and the pressure outside. This means the air would rush from inside to outside, blowing everything else out with it.

    • Photo: Edward Morrison

      Edward Morrison answered on 24 Jun 2011:


      Yes, because an aeroplane is travelling so fast and the air pressure is low outside, air will rush from inside the cabin (which is pressurised) outside, sucking objects along with it.

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