Panic as flight passenger mistakes exit door for toilet

A plane passenger sparked panic this week when he tried to open a plane door after reportedly mistaking it for the toilet.

The man was travelling on a GoAir flight from New Delhi in India to Patna on Saturday when he attempted to open the aircraft’s rear exit, the carrier said.

According to local reports, the man was a first time flier in his 20s.

A spokesman for GoAir said: ‘A co-passenger raised the alarm and he was intercepted by the crew’.

When fellow passengers asked him what he was doing he told them he ‘needed to use the washroom urgently and kept tugging at the exit door’ an airport official said.

The spokesperson added: ‘Pandemonium prevailed amid all this and he was restrained and finally handed over to us. ‘

He said that the confusion happened because he had boarded a flight for the first time in his life.’ GoAir said the passenger was handed over to the authorities for further investigation after the plane arrived safely at its destination.

A spokesperson for the airline added that the man wouldn’t have succeeded in opening the door anyway due to air pressure in the cabin.

The incident comes almost a week after a cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on a Jet Airways plane bleeding from their ears and noses after the crew reportedly forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure. The flight from Mumbai to Jaipur, which was carrying 166 passengers, had to turn back.

Those affected were given medical attention while the flight crew was suspended pending an investigation.



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