Exploding curry menaces 747
£20k of damage in microwave mishap
Forget binary liquid explosives, a British Airways stewardess has shown how it's really done by popping her curry ready meal into a 747's club class microwave, with explosive results.
The spicy blast - caused by the supermarket-bought nosh's inability to withstand the might of the double-strength airborne microwave - provoked crew on the Heathrow to Miami jaunt to deploy a fire extinguisher "to douse the blazing oven".
The jumbo subsequently needed days of repairs totalling £20,000, The Sun notes. This prompted BA to circulate details of the incident in a secret email memo to long haul crews, chillingly entitled "Microwave incident". The missive notes that food intended for high-altitude reheating needs "special packaging" since the aircraft's ovens have twice the power output of your ground-based domestic model.
Accordingly, staff are now banned from preparing their own tucker in 747s' club class microwaves. One BA employee lamented: "Many cabin crew like to bring their own meals to eat. At first we thought the microwaves were a godsend. But this unfortunate incident has left us with egg on our faces."
BA stressed that at no time during the curry-based emergency were passengers or the aircraft at risk. ®
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Err....it's not so simple as that. The plane is usually pressurised for 8000 feet NOT 38000 feet. Otherwise everyone will be on Oxygen continuously since the air up there is too thin to breathe. And the boiling of water is dependant on the pressure - PV/T - as in pressure cookers, given the same volume. Climbers of very tall mountains have the same problem.
Bad childhood memories
Reminds me of the time where I tried boiling a cup of tea in a microwave. Problem was, it was an aluminum cup. The instructions for the machine dictates that one should not put anything aluminum in it unless operating in convection mode, but I was too tired to think.
The cup ended up with some pretty nasty dents on it, the plastic top of the cup literally disintegrated, and the microwave had to undergo a few hundred dollars of repair (this was back when microwaves just started going on sale in Malaysia and costs some two to four thousand Malaysian ringgits - especially for the large one we had, so buying a new one was not an option).
And I got quite an earful and a good spanking from my mom for doing that, too. I was just nine then.
Surprisingly, tho, the microwave is still serving my family after all these years.
Why was this young lady not trained to a simple but better standard?
Example,Water boils at given temp on the ground, what temp at 38.000'
How is it that crew are even allowed to take there own food on board???