A flight from Manchester was delayed for nearly eight hours when a confused passenger opened an emergency exit after mistaking it for the toilet door.
The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK702 was due to leave Manchester at 9.20pm on Friday.
"As per standard operating procedure, the PIA had to offload almost 40 passengers and their luggage", the spokesperson clarified. The airline and Manchester airport confirmed the details of the incident.
A passenger on a Pakistan-bound plane accidentally opened the emergency exit door when looking for the toilet.
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Cabin crew are normally seated by the emergency exits, and it is unknown why they were not able to prevent the passenger from opening the door.
Just previous year, a man on a domestic flight in India was arrested after trying to open an emergency exit midflight.
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The airline provided the waylaid passengers with transportation and a hotel stay, according to the statement, but at least one complained in a tweet that their luggage was subsequently left behind in Manchester.
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"We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate outcome of the delay of PK702", PIA tweeted. "We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers".
An inquiry into the incident has been launched by PIA. The Independent reports that deploying an emergency slide is no small (or cheap) occurrence: it costs an airline anywhere between US$6,000 and $30,000 whenever one is inflated. Luckily, this appears to have happened while the plane was being boarded while on the tarmac, and not mid-flight.
In September 2018, an Indian man travelling on a GoAir flight from New Delhi to Patna attempted to open the aircraft's rear exit.
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