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A hatch opened manually

The port hatch of Shuttlepod 1

Two Borg drones blown out of a hatch

For the act of emerging from an egg, please see Hatching.

A hatch, also known as an access hatch, access panel, access plate, or trapdoor, was a type of access point used to enter or exit one area to another, in many cases for maintenance purposes. It could be opened manually or by remote.

After Shuttlepod 1 crashed through the surface on Terra Nova and landed several meters below in a cave, the Novan Jamin requested that the door to be opened. But Captain Archer first asked Trip Tucker what could happen if he opened the port hatch of the shuttlepod. Tucker told him that it would be okay so Archer opened the hatch. (ENT: "Terra Nova")

In August of 2151, the main hatch of the Earth Cargo Service freighter ECS Fortunate was damaged so the landing party from Enterprise NX-01 had to use the auxiliary hatch of the ship. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

In September 2152, the Takret captain ordered his soldiers to report to the docking hatch immediately when the ship went into the direction of a plasma eddy. (ENT: "The Catwalk")

In 2153, Captain Jonathan Archer blew up an outer hatch of the upper port side of Enterprise NX-01 to decompress the maintenance shaft were two Borg-assimilated Tarkaleans tried to sabotage the ship's avionics control system. (ENT: "Regeneration")

In 2269, James T. Kirk referred to a door that Spock was being ushered through on the Shore Leave Planet as a trap door. (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

In 2286, after the HMS Bounty crashed in the San Francisco Bay following a successful time warp from 1986, the ship began sinking, Spock blew the bridge emergency hatch, and Admiral Kirk had to stay behind to save George and Gracie, who were trapped in an aquarium. He ordered the rest of the crew to abandon ship, and he further ordered them to "close the hatch." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

In 2364, after being exposed to polywater due to the collapse of a red supergiant, the crew of the SS Tsiolkovsky suffered from polywater intoxication and opened the bridge emergency hatch which resulted in the bridge crew being blown out into space. Those in their quarters froze to death because the sudden loss in pressure affected the ship's environmental system. (TNG: "The Naked Now")

In 2369, the hatch of the runabout USS Ganges had to be powered up with a EPI capacitor before it could be opened. (DS9: "Q-Less")

In 2373, Major Kira recounted how she opened fire on a skimmer as soon as the hatch opened and the first Cardassian stepped out. (DS9: "The Darkness and the Light")

In 2375, Tom Paris cautioned Kathryn Janeway to beware the tricks of villains from The Adventures of Captain Proton, which included trapdoors and secret weapons. (VOY: "Bride of Chaotica!")

Types of hatches

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