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I found a little "door" on the upper deck of this A380: enter image description here

Source: Airliners.net

What is the purpose of that door, hatch, whatever?

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    $\begingroup$ At a guess a ladder for the emergency exit. $\endgroup$ – ratchet freak Apr 18 '16 at 19:25
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Looking at Airbus's diagram gallery on the A380, this image suggests that the panel is to store and deploy the emergency evacuation slides. Slide diagram

This is also supported by another picture from the same document, in which similar doors are seen under each second row entrance. Door diagram

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It's for the emergency slide.

You can see it deployed here:

enter image description here

Source: Airliners.Net

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    $\begingroup$ It seems only the upper deck slides have a separate door (I assume it's because they don't fit at the normal location in the door). But I don't see the difference in the picture. $\endgroup$ – mins Apr 18 '16 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ @mins, I don't know, but the inward slant of the upper deck door might have something to do with it. $\endgroup$ – Jan Hudec Apr 18 '16 at 21:27
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    $\begingroup$ @JanHudec: From this book, the reason is about the size of the slides (length and width). Also as the slides are used as rafts, they need to adapt to the 700 passengers need. $\endgroup$ – mins Apr 18 '16 at 21:47
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    $\begingroup$ See video of slide deployment $\endgroup$ – RedGrittyBrick Apr 19 '16 at 9:37
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On the bottom deck the slide is packed inside the doors, but on the top deck the are in a small compartment underneath the door.

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