Ever Wondered Why Airplane Windows Have Tiny Holes At the Bottom?

While travelling by airways, you assume that the your ground staff will serve you well, the flight attendants will take good care of you and plane you are boarding has passed all safety measures. You also assume that that it will keep you safe and sound till you land to your destination.

For the frequent travelers it may not be a new thing to notice however for a person travelling for the first time, it’s a whole new experience. And being a amateur you would definitely sneak peek through the widows. However if you notice a small little hole at the bottom of your plane, do not panic. It is there for a reason. Let’s find why the itsy bitsy holes are right on the edge of your plane windows.

What It Means

window

The system ensures that the outer pane bear the maximum amount of pressure so that if there was strain n the window; it’s the outside panel that gives out. This leaves air for everyone to breathe.

Safety Feature

Safety Feature

It turns out that the tiny hole in the bottom of your airplane window is actually a very important safety feature.

Robbie Gonzalez

Robbie Gonzalez

The curious and inquisitive mind of Robbie tracked a maintenance manual copy for the Boeing 737 on the Wiki Leaks. He contacted the director of the Technology in GKN Aerospace, which is the world leader in the passenger cabin window design development.

Surely this is mind blowing.

mind blowing

There you go. That’s a load off your mind!

Breather Hole

Breather Hole

The hole is there for maintaining the pressure in the cabin. They are used to regulate the air pressure that passes between windows inner and outer panes.

Fog Free

Fog Free

The breather hole also keeps the window fog-free by absorbing moisture that gets stuck between the panes.

Human intelligence

Human intelligence

Robbie seeked the answers to his curiosity from best in the industry.