What is the weight of the bulletproof cockpit doors of a Boeing 747 built prior to 9/11? Do the doors weigh the same for later models, like the Boeing 747-8 specifically? How many fewer passengers do they have to carry in light of the added weight?

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    $\begingroup$ Downvoters, please remember to include an explanation. The OP can't make the question better if they don't know what's wrong $\endgroup$
    – Timpanus
    Feb 28, 2018 at 19:52
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    $\begingroup$ Why did this receive 5 downvotes? It's a perfectly valid, on-topic question. $\endgroup$
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    Mar 2, 2018 at 13:32
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    Mar 2, 2018 at 15:28
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    $\begingroup$ @foot, thank you for your response. If you are right that the user is downvoted instead of the question, I wonder on what basis that is done. In my opinion, voting should be based on the content of the post. I understand that voting is sometimes biased based on historic behaviour of a user, because post are judged in that historic context. The bottom line is that this is a perfectly valid, clearly phrased, aviation related question. Down voting such a question doesn't help this site, nor the person who asked the question. $\endgroup$
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    Mar 2, 2018 at 16:36

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From federalregister.gov:

The FAA also assumed that the average safety door system adds 100 pounds to a large airplane. This additional weight would have minimal impacts on weight and distance limitations.

For a large airplane, like say the 747, it seems the weight addition is around 100 lb (including the other safety features such as the surveillance). As for the exact weight before/after, this information is not readily available as the doors are not sold to the public. But feel free to get in touch with Boeing if it's for research/educational purposes and such.

If the information provided by the seller on this eBay item is correct, then the weight of a 747-400 door is 59 lb. And also from eBay, is a bullet proof 737 door shown below.

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    $\begingroup$ According to Wikipedia, a 747-8 has a MTOW of 987,000lb, so the door would be about 0.01% of that. I'd be surprised if that small difference had any impact on the number of passengers carried, considering that larger variations must already happen routinely because of luggage and freight. $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Feb 28, 2018 at 19:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Pondlife - it does have an impact on the loooooong run, like switching from paper charts and manuals to an iPad. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Feb 28, 2018 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ Definitely, my point was just that I don't think anyone is ripping passenger seats out of 747s because of the added weight of cockpit door reinforcements $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Mar 1, 2018 at 14:53

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