HAINAN, China: A Chinese passenger on a China Eastern flight caused a two-hour delay when he decided to open the emergency exit and deploy the emergency slide to “get off the plane quicker”.
Flight MU2331 from Xi’an had landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Hainan on December 12 and taxied to a parking lot when the male passenger opened the emergency exit. Surveillance video showed the slide popping open around 9pm.
When questioned by authorities about why he opened the door, the man replied: “to get off the plane quicker”. He claimed that he did not pay attention to the safety instructions at the beginning of the flight and did not know that the slide should not be deployed at random.
Flight attendants had reportedly tried to stop the man but the slide had already started inflating.
As a result, the return flight, which scheduled at 9.50pm, was delayed till 11.41pm so the slide could be replaced. According to media reports, the cost of replacing the slide is around 100,000 yuan (S$21,000).
The man was later arrested.
Just days ago, a Chinese man opened the emergency exit just before a Xiamen Air flight was due to take off “to get some fresh air”. The first-time traveller was not penalised and the flight from Hangzhou took off on time.