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Caught on Camera: Spirit Airlines Forced to Divert After Passenger Tries to Open Emergency Door

Caught on Camera: Spirit Airlines Forced to Divert After Passenger Tries to Open Emergency Door
Joe Cortez

A Spirit Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles made an unplanned detour after a passenger attempted to open an emergency door mid-flight. Video shows the man being restrained by other passengers until the flight made an emergency landing in Denver.

A Spirit Airlines flyer could face criminal charges or civil fines after attempting to open an emergency door while their aircraft was still mid-air. NBC News reports the flyer tried to access the door aboard Spirit Airlines Flight 185 on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

After Returning from Lavatory, Shirtless Flyer Tries to Escape Plane

The incident happened after the flight departed Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Those aboard the flight report the passenger got up to use the lavatory before the incident took a very hard turn.

After using the facilities, witnesses say the flyer emerged without a shirt, and attempted to open the emergency exit. Other flyers were quick to spring into action, as video shows others pinning the passenger down so they couldn’t get to the door. The captain declared an emergency, and diverted the flight to Denver International Airport (DEN).

Upon arrival, police escorted the passenger off the aircraft. Additional video shows the flyer being taken away on a gurney by paramedics. The flight was allowed to continue to Los Angeles without further incident, arriving after midnight local time. The passenger’s identity has not been released, nor have any details on why he attempted to open the emergency exit.

“It is important to note that opening a door inflight is impossible due to air pressure inside the cabin pinning the door against its frame with force stronger than any person could ever overcome,” Spirit Airlines told NBC News in a statement. “We thank the crew members and Guests who assisted for handling this situation quickly prior to arrival.”

Flyer Could Face Civil Penalties After Spike in Bad Behavior Incidents

The Federal Aviation Administration could step in and assess up to $35,000 in civil fines against the passenger, after a rule on bad behavior was extended as long as masks are required on flights. The rule was first instituted shortly after the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January 2021, but has since been continued indefinitely.

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11 Comments

  1. MitchR

    March 26, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Pressure differential of 8 pounds per square inch times 3,000 square inches. If the passenger can get that door open, I’m not messing with him.

  2. arcticflier

    March 26, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Why attempt to apprehend him? The door cannot be opened so he would have eventually tired himself out and returned to his seat.

    Whether he would have put his shirt back on is another question.

  3. Loren Pechtel

    March 26, 2021 at 7:42 am

    First guess: He went to the lavatory to take drugs.

  4. NotSoFrequentColorado

    March 26, 2021 at 10:00 am

    If it’s impossible to open the door then why did the flight have to divert to prevent it? All these diversions due to unruly passengers are crazy – why not just handcuff the person to their seat and proceed to the correct destination and avoid ruining everyone else’s trip?

  5. spainflyer

    March 26, 2021 at 10:22 am

    “It is important to note that opening a door inflight is impossible due to air pressure inside the cabin pinning the door against its frame with force stronger than any person could ever overcome,” Spirit Airlines told NBC News in a statement.”
    Then how did D.B. Cooper do it?

  6. SamirD

    March 26, 2021 at 10:59 am

    I’m sure people will still complain when security cameras appear in the cabin, but it’s inevitable at this rate…

  7. Prof_Dr_G

    March 27, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Well, “barbarians in the air” is a new benefit the airlines have given us. Flying in this day and age is worse than riding the subway in NYC.

  8. 206driver

    March 28, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    What if a person had incredible strength, like David Banner the Incredible Hulk, and ripped the door open?

  9. aresef

    March 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Don’t FA’s have flex cuffs? Were those not an option?

  10. VRFast

    March 29, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Did they stop flying Air Marshals on domestic flights? If they had one they probably wouldn’t need to divert since indeed the dude would be handcuffed to a seat as someone mentioned previously. After all this midair ruckus on some flights recently.

  11. CA1900

    March 29, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    spainflyer — DB Cooper did it by claiming to have a bomb, and directing the crew to stay below 10,000 feet and keep the plane unpressurized. That’s what allowed him to open the airstairs in the back while in flight.

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