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Delta flight from LA to Seattle stopped after man opens exit door, triggers plane’s slide


Moment Delta passenger is arrested after opening emergency exit door on aircraft as it taxied down LAX runway – causing its emergency slide to deploy

  • A passenger on a flight from LA to Seattle was taken into custody by Los Angeles International Airport Police after attempting to open the plane’s exit door 
  • The incident happened Saturday morning as a Delta plane was taxied 
  • Officials said the man was not officially arrested but rather the ‘subject was transported to a local hospital for mental evaluation’

A passenger on a Delta flight from LA to Seattle has been arrested after he opened the plane’s emergency exit door and deployed its slide as it taxied down the runway.

The incident happened Saturday morning around 10am on a flight that was just pulling away from the gate at LAX.

In footage posted by one of the plane’s passengers, the man is seen handcuffed on the tarmac as police hold him back.

‘Holy sh*t. Just as my flight was leaving the gate at LAX a man ran up from the back of the plane & opened the door. Flight attendants tried to stop him but he deployed the slide and jumped out,’ wrote Gillian Sheldon, a passenger.

It is the latest horror on board as US flight, following a United passenger threatening mass murder and trying to open the emergency exit earlier this month.

A passenger on a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Seattle was detained by airport police Saturday morning after he opened the plane’s emergency exit door during taxi

Police officers boarded the flight from LA to Seattle and detained the 'unruly passenger'

Police officers boarded the flight from LA to Seattle and detained the ‘unruly passenger’ 

According to local media reports, the Los Angeles Airport Police responded to the incident and detained the man. 

‘Due to the circumstances, FBI has been notified,’ said Los Angeles Airport Police Captain Karla Rodriguez. 

In a video posted to Twitter by Sheldon, an unidentified man is seen on the tarmac outside of the plane with his hands behind his back, seemingly handcuffed.

An officer escorts the man around a patrol car. The man appears in a striped red and blue sweater with black pants and black shoes. 

As the bald man with a beard and glasses is walked around the tarmac, flight attendants on board can be heard speaking over the plane’s PA system. 

‘The captain is speaking with air traffic control and officers out there,’ one flight attendant says. ‘Once we have more information we will be making an announcement.’ 

After the man opened the exit door, the plane returned to the gate and the passengers were escorted off and transported to another plane.

One passenger on board shared her experience on Twitter and included pics and video

One passenger on board shared her experience on Twitter and included pics and video

In a video posted to Twitter by Gillian Sheldon, an unidentified man is seen on the tarmac outside of the plane with his hands behind his back, seemingly handcuffed

In a video posted to Twitter by Gillian Sheldon, an unidentified man is seen on the tarmac outside of the plane with his hands behind his back, seemingly handcuffed

The incident happened on a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Seattle

The incident happened on a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Seattle 

One airport official said the man was 'transported to a local hospital for mental evaluation'

One airport official said the man was ‘transported to a local hospital for mental evaluation’

Thank you @Delta for taking such good care of us from this flight. What a crazy experience!' wrote Sheldon in a tweet Saturday

Thank you @Delta for taking such good care of us from this flight. What a crazy experience!’ wrote Sheldon in a tweet Saturday

According to local outlets, the man was not arrested after he opened the door. One official said he was ‘transported to a local hospital for mental evaluation.’

In a statement after the incident, Delta said they worked quickly to fix the issue. 

‘Delta flight 1714 operating from Los Angeles to Seattle returned to the gate due to an unruly passenger, the statement reads.   

‘The aircraft was holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft and was initially detained by Delta staff ahead of being arrested by local law enforcement.’ 

‘Customers are being re-accommodated on a new aircraft and we apologize for the inconvenience and delay in their travel plans,’ it continued. 

Thank you @Delta for taking such good care of us from this flight. What a crazy experience!’ wrote Sheldon in a tweet Saturday. 



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