A tourist opened a plane’s emergency exit door “just for fun” moments after landing at a Mumbai airport.
The Jet Airways passenger gave his apparently flippant explanation to cabin crew on board – but the incident saw him escorted to a local police station by security forces, who documented the incident.
Emergency exits should only be manoeuvred by cabin crew outside of exceptional circumstances (stock photo) (Alamy) Photo: Alamy
The man, identified by local media as Steve Titschler, from Germany, had just landed in the Indian hub after a two-and-a-half hour flight from Abu Dhabi when he opened one of the emergency exit doors.
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He was barred from boarding a connecting Jet Airways flight from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Delhi, according to local news site Mid-Day.
It is not clear which of the Boeing 737-800’s emergency exits was involved and no damage or harm to any passengers is thought to have occurred during the incident.
Cabin pressure means it is impossible to open a plane door during flight, and they should normally only be manoeuvred once disarmed by air stewards upon landing.
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A Jet Airways spokesperson said: “A guest, who travelled from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai by Jet Airways flight 9W 585, opened the emergency exit after the aircraft had parked at the bay at the Mumbai airport. The matter was reported to the security agencies.”
The spokesperson did not confirm the passenger’s identity or say whether cabin crew had properly disarmed the plane doors when the incident took place.
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Plane doors have instructions for opening in emergencies (Stock photo; Alamy) Photo: ALAMY
In a separate episode on the same day, a Jet Airways passenger was found smoking in the plane loo. The traveller, on a flight from Singapore to Mumbai, had his cigarettes and lighter confiscated by cabin crew and was handed over to police upon landing.
Previous incidents involving emergency exit doors have had more obviously dramatic consequences. In 2014 a passenger triggered the release of the inflatable slide when he opened an emergency exit door on landing at an airport in China’s Hainan province.