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Sir? That’s Not the Bathroom Door

Sir? That’s Not the Bathroom Door
Jennifer Billock

Emergency exit doors can be a real pain. Either they need to open because there’s an actual emergency, or someone accidentally opens them when they should not. The most recent example of this is a passenger who opened the emergency door on a plane after mistaking it for the aircraft’s bathroom door.

Pakistan International Airlines Flight 702 had a bit of trouble recently when a passenger opened the emergency exit doors while the plane was on the tarmac. The flight was scheduled to fly from Manchester to Pakistan. While it was still on the ground in Manchester, a passenger looking for the bathroom opened the emergency exit doors, causing a delay of about seven hours.

When the passenger opened the door, the emergency evacuation slide deployed, causing even more of an issue. About forty passengers disembarked on the evacuation slides—even though there was no real emergency issue and all the travelers were safe.

Officials at the airport in Manchester have declined to comment on the story so far, according to CNN.

This isn’t the first time emergency exit doors have been opened without need. In May, an elderly passenger opened the emergency exit doors after his plane landed in China because he wanted to beat the line of passengers getting off the flight. And in February of last year, a flight landing in Nigeria’s capital Abuja had the emergency exit doors actually fall off the plan. A doctor on the flight tweeted about the incident after it happened and the aircraft landed safely.


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  1. AS Flyer

    June 12, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Nobody “accidentally “opens an emergency exit door on any Boeing or Airbus airplane. Nobody. There’s just no way that would be an accident.

  2. Dhamal

    June 13, 2019 at 6:03 am

    How can you do this by Mistake? It says Emergency Exit DOOR? Did they not see the outhouse is not on the tarmac. I’m sorry but this was an intentional act.. I’m sure the passengers were pleased with the delay and airline cost for this incident.. 3rd world problems will always exist.

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