A man on an internal flight in India recently sparked panic when he was discovered trying to open the emergency exit.
For many people, boarding a flight and jetting off to another part of the world is a pretty big deal. It isn't something you do every day unless you're a pilot or a steward, and it may even be a prospect that downright terrifies you. A fear of flying is very common and if we can avoid it then we will, but sometimes we simply have to deal with it.
If you are one of those people who can't stand the idea of being aboard a plane or even someone who is just uncomfortable with the whole process, then thank your lucky stars that you weren't on this flight. Passengers traveling from New Delhi to Patna in India looked up during a flight recently, only to see a man desperately tugging on the plane's emergency exit, trying to get it open while thousands of feet in the air.
According to Metro, the man was in his 20s and apparently flying for the very first time. He got up from his seat and went looking for the aircraft's bathroom, claiming to have mistaken the exit door for the one he was looking for. Other passengers saw what he was trying to do and raised the alarm after first questioning him about his intentions.
Apparently, when asked by passengers what he was trying to do, he informed them that he needed the bathroom urgently and then continued to frantically pull at the door. At that point, crew members intercepted and stopped him. The passenger explained afterward that he was confused due it being his first time on a plane. Whether that's true or not, he was restrained and handed over to authorities when the aircraft landed in Patna.
If you were already a little shaken up at the thought of flying and this story has tipped you over the edge, don't worry. Not only is it highly unlikely that someone on your flight will start trying to yank open the plane door, we have never heard of it happening before, but it can't be done anyway. No matter how much the passenger in question tugged on the door, the cabin pressure wouldn't have allowed the door to open.