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How can air travel be so safe if the aircraft skin is only 1-2 mm thick?

Aircraft skin is not very thick at all, yet air travel is the safest form of travel. All aviation professionals know why, but most occupants of an airliner are not professionals. How can it be ...
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Do fuselage rip/crack/damage sensors exist?

Are there sensors that can detect a rip, crack or damage in the fuselage skin by not using air pressure differential on aircraft?
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Would discharging a firearm in-flight cause an explosive decompression?

I was reading a BBC FAQ about Federal Air Marshals, which has this chilling quote in it: A gunfight on a passenger airliner is seen as an option only of last resort. Presuming an air marshal has ...