Passenger slides down from emergency exit 'to get off plane faster'

Passenger slides down from emergency exit 'to get off plane faster'
A Chinese passenger had caused a two-hour delay when he deployed an emergency slide on a plane for a quicker exit. China Eastern Flight MU2331 had arrived at the Sanya Fenghuang International Airport in Hainan from Xi’an when the particularly impatient passenger decided to open the emergency exit.

Only days after a Chinese couple threw boiling water at a flight attendant and threatened to blow up the plane, another case has emerged involving a Chinese passenger who has a hard time following the rules.

When China Eastern flight MU2331 from Xi'an arrived at Sanya Fenghaung International Airport in Hainan, a particularly impatient passenger decided to open an emergency exit, and in the process, deploy an emergency slide.

When questioned by authorities about why he opened the door, he responded: "To get off the plane quicker."

He claims he did not pay attention to the safety briefing at the beginning of the flight, and did not know to only use the emergency slide in case of emergency.

As a result of the incident, the return flight MU2332, scheduled to leave at 9.50pm, was delayed until 11.41pm, reports TheNanfang.

Aviation experts say the cost to repair and replace the opened cabin door and emergency slide is approximately RMB 100,000 (S$21,000).


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