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There are some "markings" over the wings and the horizontal stabilizer. Could somebody explain what they are?

a380

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  • $\begingroup$ Note, these markings are not restricted to the A380. Almost all commercial aircraft in similar shape have these markings on their flight control surfaces. $\endgroup$ – Burhan Khalid Feb 7 '16 at 11:48
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The darker areas denote where it is safe to step. Stepping outside of these areas could cause damage to the aircraft.

Here's a closeup of the warning: Quantas Flight 32 Wing

(This happens to be a photo of Qantas Flight 32 after its un-contained engine failure)

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  • $\begingroup$ Why walking is required on the wing? $\endgroup$ – Andrius Feb 7 '16 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ New bottom-tier Ryanair ticket. In all seriousness, maintenance personnel are the most likely people to have to heed this warning. $\endgroup$ – Porcupine911 Feb 7 '16 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ So the warning is printed both ways so it can be read by those already walking outside the allowed area? $\endgroup$ – DJohnM Feb 8 '16 at 7:40
  • $\begingroup$ .. or someone on a step ladder, about to step onto the area $\endgroup$ – Gavin Coates Feb 8 '16 at 9:22

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