An airline passenger caused a panic after mistakenly trying to force open the plane’s emergency exit mid-air.
Aboard a GoAir flight from New Delhi to Patna on Saturday, an Indian passenger who was apparently flying for the first time caused quite a commotion when he mistook the emergency exit as the bathroom door.
Man sparks panic on India flight after confusing rear door of plane with toilet
Police say there was ‘pandemonium’ when fellow passengers saw the man, a banker in his twenties, trying to open the door while the plane was mid-air https://t.co/UAyF88okEw
— Natasha Fatah (@NatashaFatah) September 25, 2018
According to the other passengers, the man, a banker in his late 20s, started opening the rear exit door of the plane saying he “needed to use the washroom urgently.”
The cabin crew were forced to wrestle the man away from the door and eventually convinced him to take a seat for the rest of the flight. After the plane landed safely he was handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force, a branch of the Indian military that handles airport security.
Speaking with The Times of India the CISF said the man was able to unlock the door, but was unable to open it due to cabin pressure, though an airline spokesperson later denied that claim stating the doors cannot be unlocked when a large difference in pressure exits.
The man was then handed over to local police for questioning. After checking his records and confirming that it was his first time on a plane the police released him later that evening.
Surprisingly many reacting to the story seemed to sympathize with the passenger.
Poor guy! We all have embarrassing moments
— Socially Green (@SocialStyleGal) September 25, 2018
I wondered when this would happen. Thank god it wasn’t worse. Have had to look twice myself.
— Terry “Get ur dam flu shot” Slayer (@terryschleder) September 25, 2018
Poor guy. I bet he was nervous.
— Scooter (@PineBucket) September 25, 2018
His first time on a plane. Glad he didn’t open the door though.
— isthisthingon (@SukiFrench) September 25, 2018
This is why we need to make it socailly acceptable to ask for help.
— Jorge (@Quinskew) September 26, 2018
Others, however, weren’t as understanding.
It’s not like there’s instructions on every flight about exit doors.NOT AT ALL
— Nico (@IIIdisposed) September 26, 2018
— Pat’s Big Sister (@PatsBigSister1) September 25, 2018
— Günther Stewart (@babe840) September 25, 2018
— MEL (@ml3491) September 26, 2018
As scary as it must have been for the passengers though, it seems they weren’t in any real danger.
Aircraft doors are designed so that the pressurization actually pushes the door in to its frame and you can only get out of your seat at cruising alt meaning the plane was fully pressurized. No one was in any real danger.
— YLW14 (@DCCLXI) September 26, 2018
That door can’t be opened during flight. Even if he tried, the flight deck would have been alerted. pic.twitter.com/xbp6NsV8xi
— LEX RAJAH (@Lex_Rajah) September 25, 2018
#fact No one and I repeat, even Ronnie Coleman can not open the door of an aircraft mid air. I don’t remember, but there’s a force of some thousand metric tonnes per feet from the outside because of atmospheric pressure.
— United States of Las Dewas (@MP41_LasDewas) September 24, 2018
Of course, how things got so out of hand is a whole other question.
Why was there pandemonium? Why didn’t they just show him where the toilet actually was?
— Hayley Johnson (@Haylescom) September 26, 2018