Normal opening and closing of main door in an Airbus plane
Hi Capt Lim,
I am very claustrophobic. My fear is that the airplane door will not open once we land and we'll all be stuck inside. I know that sounds so crazy! When the plane lands and everyone claps, that's when my fear begins.
Those minutes that I have to wait for the door to open seem like an eternity. I am also afraid we will have to stay inside for several hours and I would not be able to handle it.
Did you ever experience a time when the doors were stuck and would not open?
Not sure if you are still answering questions. I was never afraid of flying until I had a horrible experience on my way back from Turkey.
During a smooth ride the plane SUDDENLY started shaking uncontrollably and people were even screaming. We were going left to right and it felt like the plane is about to flip over (yes it CAN happen I've seen it on an airplane investigation episode).
What was even more scary was that the pilot couldn't even talk to us he simply informed the crew to get to their seats because it is an "emergency". This stopped after around 10 minutes!!
What went wrong?? Could we have died??
Now I have a flight in a few days and I'm sick of thinking about it and crying all the time. I can't even sleep at night because I'm so scared of going.
Noise Abatement Procedure during Take-off from John Wayne Airport
Hello Capt Lim,
We live (unfortunately) under the approach path to John Wayne Airport in Southern California. The planes turn either from the east or west right over our house in order to get in line for their final approach. The noise is awful.
Someone told us yesterday that the planes are likely noisier in part because they have to accelerate in order to make a sharp turn. Is that correct?
Are all the engines' power turned up? How much? These planes are making fairly sharp U-turns.
Forgive me for the semi-illiterate question, but I know nothing about flying.