Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 14 - Think and Explain - Page 279-281: 56


Airplanes are pressurized to a comfortable level, and fly high up where atmospheric pressure is much decreased (page 265). The pressure difference between the inside and outside of the plane result in a force on each window (outward forces while flying, inward forces while descending for a landing) that is proportional to the window’s area. A larger window would have to also be thicker, resulting in much more weight.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.