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Monday, July 28, 2008

Life Imitates Absolutely Fabulous

posted by on July 28 at 7:06 AM


From the Associated Press

Two drunken British women went on a rampage on a charter plane, hitting one flight attendant with a bottle of vodka and trying to open a cabin door as the aircraft was cruising over Austria at 10,000 meters (32,800 feet).

Full story here.

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Oh, Patsy. Tryng to renew your mile high membership again?

Posted by Dave | July 28, 2008 7:49 AM

The hammer is my penis.

Posted by captain hammer | July 28, 2008 8:05 AM

drunks on a flight



Posted by John | July 28, 2008 8:25 AM

'"Apparently the 26-year-old wanted to catch some fresh air," the statement said, in an effort to make light of the altercation.'

At first I thought this was pretty funny but now I wonder. How hard IS IT to open one of those doors? I've never seen an attendant use any kind of lock or anything.

Posted by El Seven | July 28, 2008 8:30 AM

During flight, the difference in pressure between the inside and outside of the airplane presses these doors shut, so no worries there.

Posted by Caya | July 28, 2008 8:41 AM

We need more females like this around the area.

Posted by John Bailo | July 28, 2008 8:42 AM

It's all fixable.

Posted by Patsy | July 28, 2008 8:52 AM

Caya @5, sarcasm?

At altitude, the pressurized cabin is eager to blow its doors wide open to the low pressure outside.

Posted by lostboy | July 28, 2008 8:55 AM

Actually, lostboy, it makes sense. The inside pressure pushes the door against the rim (for lack of a better word) on the plane body. Those doors have to open inward first and then be pushed out.

Posted by El Seven | July 28, 2008 9:00 AM

@5, 8 and 9: Please! Just use a gun and blow out a few windows... That is much more effective!

Posted by Andrew | July 28, 2008 9:17 AM

I wonder how this article would have been presented if it were 2 woman from any given middle eastern country..AbFab jokes? I doubt it...

Posted by Zack | July 28, 2008 9:44 AM

El Seven @9, thanks.  I had read Maya's comment @5 with an outside-in assumption that isn't in her(?) text.

Posted by lostboy | July 28, 2008 9:49 AM

@5,8,9: Well now, it depends. Some doors open inward. Some open outward. Some are hinged at the top.

You've probably boarded a plane through one of those outward-opening doors up near the cockpit before, right? Well, let's say you wanted to open it while the plane was in the air. You've got the pressure inside the cabin wanting to push the door outward, and you've also got the air outside rushing by at ~500 miles an hour pushing the door backward and inward. Then there's the influence of whatever door locking mechanism is installed on the thing. So unless you know what kind of door it is and how the mechanism works, it's tough to say how easy or hard it is to open the door at 30,000 feet.

Posted by Greg | July 28, 2008 10:28 AM

Thanks, as usual, Schmader for pulling out another cultural reference that will cause me to waste an entire weekend inside binge-watching an entire TV series. Oh crap, I should track down The Young Ones too...

Posted by Kill Your Television | July 28, 2008 10:38 AM

@13, wait a minute. If the air outside is rushing by at such velocity, that would cause a negative pressure zone as compared to the inside of the plane and pull on the door even more, no? That's Bernoulli.

Flying home on Friday. Will try and report back.

Just kidding TSA monitors!!!

Posted by El Seven | July 28, 2008 11:17 AM

Zach at 11: Duh. AbFab was about DRUNK BRITISH WOMEN.

Posted by David Schmader | July 28, 2008 11:20 AM

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