United Airlines Passenger Activates Emergency Chute By Opening Exit, Jumps Off The Plane


A panicking passenger on board a United Airlines flight from Newark to Tampa opened the emergency exit door while still on the ground at EWR and jumped off using the inflatable slide.

The offending passenger was quickly captured and being led away off the tarmac by police officers as soon as he got off the plane.

Over the years there are always a number of similar cases even though the most recent ones I can remember originated from China. This time a passenger suddenly decided United wasn’t really his airline of choice anymore (I can relate to that feeling).

You can access a NBC News Report here.

A United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Tampa was unable to take off on time Sunday evening after a passenger escaped the plane by opening the emergency exit door and jumping off using the inflatable slide.

United Airlines Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport when the passenger popped a chute and slid down, according to law enforcement sources. When officers got to the scene, the panicked passenger was yelling that he didn’t belong on the plane because it was the wrong flight, according to the airline and the Port Authority.

“While Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport, a passenger opened the emergency exit door and departed the aircraft using the slide,” United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin said.

Despite the claim he was on the wrong flight, Port Authority said he was ticketed to be on the plane to Tampa. …

Schmerin added that the flight was rescheduled to depart from Newark around midnight. United Airlines confirmed the plane departed at 12:09 Monday morning. Flightaware.com reported the flight safely landed in Tampa just before 3 a.m. Monday. …

Activating the emergency chute by opening the exit obviously renders the aircraft to a lame duck until a functioning slide has been reinstalled. Not only will this take a while but it’s also an expensive exercise.

A two and a half hour flight leaving with a five hour delay is something to really look forward to. I guess the individual who made the jump out of the plane wasn’t the most popular person that night. Not that he had a chance to socialize with the other passengers anymore after his arrest.


The case is pretty clear that the guy isn’t exactly normal as far as his state of mind is concerned, otherwise he wouldn’t open the emergency exit and take a joyride over the emergency slide.

It would be interesting to find out how a travel insurance would handle this case for example if someone has a travel delay insurance policy.