Flight diverted after passenger tried to open door mid-air

Tuesday, 30 Aug, 2016 0

A flight was diverted in the US after a passenger tried to open a door while the plane was in mid-air.

Fellow passengers on the Alaska Airlines flight from New York to Seattle said the man appeared to be stressed about flying and might have taken too many pills.

He allegedly tried to wrestle open the rear door of the plane until he was surrounded by crew and air marshals.

The flight diverted to Minnesota where police boarded and escorted the passenger off the plane, which arrived in Seattle three hours late.

Alaska Airlines last night reassured passengers, saying that it isn’t possible to open a plane door during the flight because of the difference in air pressure between the inside and outside of the plane.

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Editor Linsey McNeill has been writing about travel for more than three decades. Bylines include The Times, Telegraph, Observer, Guardian and Which? plus the South China Morning Post. She also shares insider tips on thetraveljournalist.co.uk

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