I’m genuinely not sure how this happens on an intra-Europe flight.
Frankly it’s the kind of thing you’d expect to happen after being in Amsterdam, not before even getting there.
A passenger who was banned for trying to open a jet door at 30,000ft claims he mistook it for the toilet.
James Gray was fined 600 euros by KLM after the incident on an Edinburgh to Amsterdam to flight, and was told he can’t fly with them for five years.
He says airline staff accused him of trying to open the door of the plane, but he insists he only touched the handle after confusing it for the door to the toilet.
KLM’s punishment for attempting to open an aircraft door midflight is, apparently, a five year ban from the airline.
A 600 euro fine for something like that may not seem like much, and indeed it strikes me that it isn’t:
- He only had 750 euros, so it wiped out his vacation. Except he apparently borrowed money from friends so he’d be able to enjoy his trip.
- He had to buy another ticket to fly a different airline, which a friend paid for. Presumably KLM had to refund his return flight when refusing to transport him, and there’s no indication he paid the friend back, so it sounds like he actually comes out ahead financially on the event.
(HT: Phil M.)