A passenger onboard United’s flight UA1640 from Newark to Tampa popped the emergency slide and went down and off the aircraft last night while they were still at the gate.
25-year-old Troy Fattun went to the back of the plane while boarding was still underway, opened the exit door, and went for it. He was quickly arrested, and the flight was delayed for five hours.
Here’s video from inside the aircraft after after emergency responders turned up:
To be sure there’s something amazing about going down the emergency slide. There’s the United flight attendant who popped the slide and walked off a 737 in an homage to jetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater. Last summer a teenager popped the slide and went for the tarmac in San Francisco. A woman in China tried it just because she was curious and another did it accidentally looking for the lavatory.
I can sympathize, but this never ends well.