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Edith Keeler wearing an apron

Edith Keeler pauses on the stairs

Stairs, or a staircase or stairwell was a set of steps that allowed one to move between levels of a structure.

In 1930, James T. Kirk instinctively caught Edith Keeler before she fell down the stairs and injured herself. She chided herself, saying she'd "been up and down those stairs a thousand times. I could have broken my neck." (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

Some stairs were reserved for emergency use only. In 1986, Mercy Hospital had such a flight of stairs, which the police officers chasing a fugitive Pavel Chekov and his rescuers used. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Stairwells were part of the undergound catacombs beneath the monastery of P'Jem. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")

A stairwell connected Garos' curio shop with the underground mining operation center in his basement on the Akaali homeworld in 2151. (ENT: "Civilization")

Beside several ladders, the launch bay aboard the NX-class Enterprise NX-01 featured stairs to get down from the second level to the shuttlepods. (ENT: "The Catwalk")

While traveling with his son in a Bajoran lightship, Benjamin Sisko recalled how, homesick in his early days at Starfleet Academy, he would materialize in his living room at 6:30 every night and sit at the table as though he'd just come down the stairs. (DS9: "Explorers")

At one point, a central staircase was considered as one of the features of the Galaxy-class.

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