A danger to the aircraft

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Nagendra Modadugu pointed me to a story about a French woman who tried to open an aircraft door during flight:
Sadrine Helene Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behavior bond after pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft.


She walked toward one of the aircraft's emergency exits with an unlit cigarette and a lighter in her hand and began tampering with the door, prosecutors said. But a flight attendant intervened and took Sellies back to her seat.

Note that there really isn't any danger to the aircraft here, because you can't open the door on an airliner when the door is pressurized. Good thing, too, since this would be a fairly attractive terrorism target.

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Aren't the planes designed to prevent the doors being opened in flight specifically to prevent a repetition of the for-profit hijacking attack where the guy jumped out with a parachute and a briefcase full of cash? (He's apparently never been found, so there's no telling whether he survived and is still spending his money in some South American bar somewhere, or whether something happened to him between jumping out of the plane and reaching that bar.)

That's why they call it the Cooper vane.

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