Ever wondered about punctured plane windows? Here’s the hole ...

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Ever wondered about punctured plane windows? Here’s the hole story

Turns out they are there to keep us alive, and allow you to ponder a great, fog-free view

Gavin Haines

There are many truths that can be unravelled about the many mysteries of modern aviation, like what happens when you flush a plane loo and why cabin lights are dimmed during take-off and landing.

One less frequently asked question is one that many frequent fliers have no doubt pondered while seated for hours at the window, staring idly at the world below: why exactly are there tiny holes in plane windows?

Surely we shouldn’t have holes in the windows of planes? On the contrary, those holes, which are only present in the middle pane of our triple-glazed panes, are there to keep us safe. Without them, passengers could be in trouble...

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