Continental passenger tried to open jet door to kill himself

A 34-year-old man attempted to commit suicide by opening the door of a Continental passenger jet traveling from Houston to Chicago. Having been on that same flight numerous times we can't relate. The Southwest flight is much worse. Midway, ugh.

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Clown Shoe Pilot

Can you even open the door when the plane is at altitude and the cabin is pressurized? I'd think that the door latch is just a formality at that point and what's really holding the door in place is the higher-than-ambient internal pressure inside the plane.

I could be wrong though