Quotes: Thrown Out the Airlock
You know, what the folks back home don't understand—the ones who've never left Earth—is just how dangerous space can be. Aside from incidents like this, just the everyday reality of living your days and nights in a big tin can surrounded by a vacuum. I remember my first time on a transport on the Moon-Mars run. I was just a kid, maybe seventeen. A buddy of mine was messing around and zipping through the halls. And he hid in one of the airlocks. I don't know, I guess he was going to try to scare us or something. I don't know. But just as I got close, he must have hit the wrong button, because the air doors slammed shut, the space doors, opened, and he just flew out into space. And the one thing they never tell you is that you don't die instantly in vacuum. He just hung there, against the black, like a puppet with his strings all tangled up—or like one of those old cartoons where you run off the edge of a cliff and your legs keep going. You could see that he was trying to breathe, but there was nothing! And one thing I remember when they pulled in his body—his eyes were frozen.
[long pause] A lot of people make jokes about spacing somebody, about shoving somebody out an airlock. I don't think it's funny. Never will.
—Dr. Stephen Franklin, Babylon 5
, "And Now For A Word"
The Junkman: One wrong move, and you'll be sucked out an airlock.
Jimmy: We won't survive being sucked into space.
: Oh. But still, an airlock!
"You know, I hear tell they used to keelhaul traitors back in the day. I don't have a keel to haul you on, so..."
—Captain Mal Reynolds
"Put that thing out the airlock."
—President Laura Roslin
, Battlestar Galactica
, to pretty much every Cylon she encounters. She's called "Madame Airlock" for a reason.
"Hostages that don't cooperate get thrown out the airlock with the rest of the trash."
Commander! Did you threaten to grab this man by the collar and threaten to throw him out an airlock? Ivanova: [chagrined]
Yes, I did. Sheridan:
I'm shocked! Shocked and dismayed. May I remind you that we are short on supplies here? We can't afford to take perfectly good clothing and throw it out into space! Always take the jacket off first — I've told you that before! Sorry. She meant to say, "stripped naked and thrown out of an airlock". I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
: We thought that if you knew we were reporters we would not be allowed on board. Sheridan
: Well that was your first mistake. Here on Babylon 5, we have an open-door policy. Ivanova
: And an open-airlock policy. Sheridan
pilot insisted that I call myself Prothy the Prothean.
I insisted that he would allow me to throw him out the airlock.
"Release them... into space."