Delta passenger ‘who suffers PTSD’ pops the escape slide of a plane on the tarmac and escapes with his support dog and companion in New York
- A man escaped a plane before it set off after saying he suffered from PTSD
- He allegedly forced open a cabin door and activated the emergency slide
- The man escaped with a female passenger and a service dog, witnesses say
Two passengers escaped an airplane down a slide with their dog before it took off after one said he was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.
A man and a woman were arrested after opening a cabin door and activating the slide on a Delta flight from La Guardia Airport in New York to Atlanta Monday morning.
The couple changed seats several times before the flight began taxiing out to a runway and the man stood up and said he had PTSD, another passenger said.
He ignored the flight attendant’s instruction to stay seated and the plane came to a grinding halt when the couple forced open the door and went down the emergency slide with their service dog.
Two passengers escaped a Delta airplane down a slide with their dog before it took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday after one said he was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pictured: A Delta plane sits on the tarmac at the airport
The couple have been put into custody. The Port Authority Police Department said police arrested one of the passengers and charged him with reckless endangerment.
Speaking about the man and woman, witness Brian Plummer told the New York Times: ‘They seemed really nice.’
Plummer said the man said he would ‘freak out’ if he was forced to sit down at the start of the flight.
The attendant told him to sit down twice before he walked towards the front of the plane.
He and the female passenger then reportedly forced open the door before making their escape.
The couple have been put into custody. Remaining passengers were ‘deplaned normally’ at LaGuardia (pictured) and taken on alternate flights
Flight 462 was scheduled to depart shortly before 10am but was returned to the gate.
Remaining passengers were ‘deplaned normally and were accommodated on alternate flights’, Delta said.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson Lenis Valens said: ‘This doesn’t happen every day at the airport.’
Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant told CNN: ‘Maintenance technicians have evaluated the aircraft and is scheduled to return to service this evening.’
The flight finally left LaGuardia at 7.17pm, more than nine hours late.