Panicked Passenger Deploys Emergency Slide At Newark Airport

posted by Wendy Wild - 

Waking up this morning to the news that a panicked passenger at Newark Airport who allegedly believed he was on the wrong plane, went to the back of the aircraft while fellow passengers were still boarding, opened the emergency exit door and deployed the emergency slide.  

Yep.  While the plane was still at the gate (thank God!) -- but why not just tell a flight attendant and leave through the front door? It's not as if the plane left the gate yet.  This story is SO weird. 

From PIX 11:

NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities say a passenger who had just boarded a plane at a New Jersey airport opened the emergency exit and went down the slide.

Port Authority police say charges against 25-year-old Troy Fattun are pending. He was detained by airline staff and police moments after he reached the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Sunday on a United Airlines flight that was headed from Newark to Tampa, Florida. The flight was delayed for several hours and passengers eventually were put on another plane.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Fattun opened the emergency exit. It wasn’t known Monday if he had retained an attorney.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, it might have looked a little something like this: 

#EMB175 #emergencyslide #skyweezy

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Ok, to be fair -- I've always thought it'd be fun to inflate the slide and take a ride - obviously while the plane is on the ground, but this is just unfair to the fellow passengers who were delayed HOURS.  

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