Eight-Hour Delay After Passenger Mistakes Emergency Exit For Toilet Door
A passenger has caused an eight-hour flight delay after opening an emergency exit door in an attempt to reach the bathroom.
The doors were armed and the seatbelt lights were illuminated when the woman decided she needed to use the toilet at the rear of the Pakistan International Airways plane on Friday.
Immediately after she grasped the handle, the emergency evacuation slide was deployed, forcing all passengers to disembark.
A secondary flight carrying almost 400 passengers eventually left Manchester at 5am on Saturday morning -- nearly eight hours later.
Several other planes were also delayed thanks to the drama.
The airline confirmed that all offloaded passengers were fed and provided with transport and accommodation ahead of Saturday's flight.
"We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers," the airline tweeted.
But that wasn't the only issue. Before the flight finally took off, close to 40 passengers had to volunteer to take a later flight due to the emergency chute no longer on the aircraft.
One passenger took to Twitter to complain about the subsequent drama.
Pakistan officials have blamed a shortage of airline staff for allowing the emergency exit door to be opened so close to take-off, according to the Express Tribune.
Opening the emergency doors seems to be a common occurrence in 2019.
In April, an impatient plane passenger was arrested for opening the emergency door early, in a bid to get off quicker.
The plane had landed in East China for a stopover when the jumpy passenger grabbed the handle.
Also in April, a man tried to open the door of a packed easyJet flight as it was descending in Italy.