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Thread #65619 Message #1082409
Posted By: Rapparee
30-Dec-03 - 11:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: Guns on planes
Subject: RE: BS: Guns on planes
InOBU, please remember that "Goldfinger" is a movie, based on a novel -- both fiction, not fact.
If a pressurized cabin has the wall punctured -- by a bullet or anything else (and as has happened from both the inside and from the outside) -- cabin pressure falls and the oxygen masks descend, the pilot descends to lower altitude and declares an emergency. Nobody is going to be sucked out of a bullet hole. You'd need a hole big enough to suck you out of, and THAT would take explosives.
I've read estimates somewhere that say that one in every four NYers carries a pistol. I doubt it, though.
(Come to think of it, you could probably stop the air leak with a plastic bag or something similar -- even your hand.)