Flight attendants occasionally ‘peace out’ this way. First-time flyers in China sometimes do it too. If you’re frustrated waiting for a gate or evading immigration authorities it may seem like a good idea to make your own exit from a plane.
But as a 17 year old boy learned yesterday, it’s never actually a good idea. They boy was onboard Star Alliance airline Copa’s flight CM208 from Panama City to San Francisco. He opened an aircraft door, slid down the wing, and jumped down onto the tarmac after arrival.
An airfield construction crew working nearby confronted the boy and held him until police arrived and arrested him. He was not injured, Yakel said.
Passengers said the teen seemed fidgety and anxious throughout the flight, and acted so quickly no one had a chance to stop him.
The teen opened the over wing emergency exit and jumped onto runway 28L. The passenger had been siting in the exit row.
Here’s the open emergency exit:
— Lisa Amin Gulezian (@LisaAminABC7) August 2, 2017
According to Copa, a “crew member closed the exit door, and the aircraft proceeded to the gate where all other passengers and crew disembarked safely. The passenger has been taken into custody by law enforcement.”
However passengers (far more plausibly) report that it wasn’t possible to just ‘close the exit door’ and instead “a flight attendant blocked the gap with her body as the plane continued to the gate.” Police came onboard, and the aircraft was said to be “on the runway for about an hour.”
Here’s the plane finally at the gate.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 1, 2017