This was a first for me. Flying last night from Washington to Tampa I was in seat 6B (we won’t get into why I wasn’t in 6C… *cough* hobo13 *cough*) on a 757, and everything was normal. As we began our takeoff roll, probably as we reached about 60 miles per hour, the cockpit door popped open. It took the flight attendant probably 10 seconds to realize this, at which point she jumped up to close it. I’ve gotta say, the views were spectacular, given that I could see the runway lights, cockpit lights, etc.
Channel 9 was turned off immediately, and then probably another minute later the cockpit door popped open again. This time the flight attendant jumped up immediately to close it.
A couple of minutes or so later we leveled at maybe three or four thousand feet, where we stayed for a couple of minutes. I’m not sure if that’s because air traffic control hadn’t cleared us for a higher altitude or if the pilots requested to stay there for a minute so they could figure out what to do, but fortunately we didn’t have to turn back to Washington.
Ultimately I guess I should be happy for the nice views and lack of a diversion. Though given how far “security” has gone, I’m kind of surprised we didn’t return to Washington.