& # 39; Crazy & # 39; passenger removes the emergency exit door of the aircraft from its hinged moments before departure, thereby releasing the inflatable slide
- The tourist was aboard the Airbus A320 with 86 passengers just before takeoff
- Passengers claimed that he was drunk when he tore the hinged door of the plane from the hinges
- Shocked passengers screamed while the airport security personnel pinned the man
A tourist caused panic after he tore open the emergency exit door of an aircraft and released the inflatable slide just before takeoff.
The holiday maker was aboard the Airbus A320 yesterday afternoon with 86 passengers ready to taxi over the asphalt in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.
But the tourist – who, according to passengers, was drunk – rushed to the hinged door and tore it off the hinges, causing the inflatable slide to unfold.
Shocked passengers screamed while the security staff at the airport pressed the blond man to the ground.
Local media called him a & # 39; crazy foreigner & # 39 ;.
The tourist – who according to passengers was drunk – rushed to the hinged door and tore it off the hinges, triggering the inflatable slide
Shocked passengers shouted while the security staff at the airport pushed the blond-haired man, a & # 39; crazy foreigner & # 39 ;, to the ground
The passenger was pictured with jeans, a blue shirt and white sneakers after he had handcuffed his hands and feet in the airport.
Personnel from the Thai Smile airline said that more than 600,000 baht (£ 15,400) damage was caused by the incident.
The traveler, who is not mentioned, was detained while airport officials investigated.
A passenger on board the aircraft said the tourist & # 39; drunk & # 39; and & # 39; had opened the emergency door that caused much drama and delay & & # 39 ;.
The WE169 flight was scheduled to depart at 3:40 PM but was delayed. It finally left around 5 p.m. for domestic destination Bangkok.
A spokesperson for Thai Airway's low-cost subsidiary Thai Smile apologized for the incident.
They said: & The incident occurred when the plane was about to depart from Chiang Mai International Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
Personnel from the Thai Smile airline said that more than 600,000 baht (£ 15,400) damage was caused by the incident
& # 39; After the aircraft door was closed successfully, a taxi waited to take off.
& # 39; A foreign male passenger ran to open the emergency exit door next to the left wing of the aircraft. The incident ensured that the emergency door was fully opened and an emergency slide unfolded.
& # 39; The commander immediately suspended the flight and informed ground officials and security personnel of the incident.
& # 39; The foreign man was detained, but it is not yet clear what his motivation was to do this. & # 39;
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