Woman detained after opening plane's emergency door for 'fresh air', causing delay
A woman was detained by police after she opened the emergency exit for "a breath of fresh air" before the flight took off in central China’s Hubei province on Monday, Newsweek reports.
According to the South China Morning Post, it is believed that the unidentified woman was in her 50s.
Footage of the baffling episode - which was obtained by Asia Wire - shows cabin crew staring at the open door in disbelief.
The incident took place on Xiamen Air flight MF8215 from Wuhan to Lanzhou, which was supposed to take off at 3:45 pm but was ultimately delayed by about an hour, per reports. It happened moments after the cabin crew announced where the emergency exits were.
The woman allegedly ignored the crew, insisting that conditions on the plane were "too stuffy." Officers then arrested the passenger before the plane was finally allowed to depart for Lanzhou, Gansu.
The bizarre video has since been watched over 18 million times on social media and has left viewers baffled. Wuhan airport police have yet to identify the passenger's name and age, and it is not known whether or not she faces an indefinite travel ban.
In December of 2014, a male passenger on another Xiamen Airlines flight was arrested for pulling a similar stunt.
And last year, a woman who was flying for the first time mistook the emergency door for a toilet door before her plane took off in Nanjing. The emergency slide was released and the flight was delayed for a whole two hours. The woman was consequently detained for 10 days.
Passengers can expect to pay a steep price for releasing the emergency slide, which is considerably time-consuming and expensive to repair and reinstall.