In Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, after

Leia gets blasted out of the ship and uses the force to enter it again, a door opens and she enters a non air locked area.

How does she re-enter the ship without exposing it to space and killing everybody?

I think that this was a major realism mistake and I am hoping that there is an explanation for it!

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    They can all somehow breathe in space, see e.g. asian bomber woman in the beginning. On the other hand, if it was space, how did the bombs drop onto the dreadnought when there is no gravity... or when Kylo fires missiles and everything explodes and Poe gets thrown around, but somehow there is still atmosphere... god I hate that movie.
    – ElDuderino
    Dec 22, 2017 at 12:03
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    @SCFi The bombs might even get pushed up from the first explosions and hit the bombers instead of the target. But these are minor faults in realism that I can accept.
    – papakias
    Dec 22, 2017 at 14:07
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    "I think that this was a major realism mistake" Star Wars is WW2 In Space... with magic. Just turn off your brain and watch.
    – RonJohn
    Dec 22, 2017 at 17:23
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    @RonJohn I don't agree with you. This is what makes a good movie. To create a universe and be able to support it.
    – papakias
    Dec 23, 2017 at 14:52
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    Presumably for the same reason that all the people in hangars don't die? Forcefields separating air from vacuum are all over the place in Star Wars.
    – Chris
    Dec 26, 2017 at 21:24

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There is a second door (which must have closed first), the camera angle just doesn't show it.

(speculation unfortunately, I don't think there's a confirmed answer)

These screenshots show the door before and after Leia enters the airlock. You can see that there's even a lighted button on the inside for closing the door.

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I think it's safe to assume that someone closed that door before they opened the next one. It could have been a crew member pressing a remote button, or it could have even been Leia using the Force to press the button herself.

If it was a well-designed starship, this dual-door system would recognize the vacuum on one side, and only allow one door to open at a time. Perhaps when Poe (and others) opened the second door, it automatically caused the first door to close.

  • Toe was not over the line. Mark it as an answer, Dude. Dec 23, 2017 at 1:00
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    Also, vapor blew from Leia's side into the main ship when the door opened. If the other side had been in vacuum, air would have blown out.
    – azurefrog
    Dec 25, 2017 at 2:46
  • There are also shields that contain atmosphere, hence all of those open docking bays. I think Leia was safe as soon as she got back into the bridge.
    – Jason K
    Jan 3, 2018 at 14:49

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