I was reading the news this morning and came across this article and couldn’t stop laughing.. Probably wouldn’t have been funny had they been in the air.. But then at the same time I’m sure someone would have tackled him when they realised what he was up to!
First-time flier opens plane’s emergency exit ‘for fresh air’
A Chinese passenger caused panic on board a domestic flight when he opened the emergency exit just before take-off to “let in some fresh air”.
The man, reportedly a first time flier, opened the door next to his seat in front of shocked passengers, before the cabin crew intervened.
Technicians were able to re-seal the door, and after cabin crew explained the dangers of opening the door and changed his seat, the Xiamen Air flight was able to take-off without any serious delay.
Passengers posted images of the incident on social media with one man tweeting: “It’s my first time seeing a passenger open the safety door.”
Passenger on Xiamen Airlines Boeing 737-800 (MF8453) opens overwing emergency exit on the ground for “fresh air” — AviationSafety (@AviationSafety) December 15, 2014
Another said: “He told the attendants he just wanted some fresh air… hope our flight won’t be delayed for too long.”
The man was not punished for his offence, because the airline said he had not caused any damage and was not acting maliciously, according to the South China Morning Post.
“It was his first travel by air,” said a member of airline staff. “He did not cause delay or any other direct loss to the airline.”
This is the latest in a string of incidents involving Chinese passengers, according to The Guardian. It comes just days after another passenger opened the emergency exit because he was in a hurry to get off the plane and a week after an Air Asia flight had to return to its destination because a Chinese passenger threw boiling water at a flight attendant.