Have you ever found yourself in an awkward situation whereby you were ignorant about how something works or mistook it for a different functionality but refused to ask those around?
It happened to an unnamed passenger who was onboard a flight which caused several hours of delay. What did he do? He mistakenly opened the emergency exit door thinking it was a toilet moments before the plane took off.
Reports from the UK media indicated the lady passenger engaged the L5 door at the rear of the aircraft thinking it would lead to an adjacent bathroom. The slight mishap from the passenger ended up costing the Pakistan International Airlines flight 702 seven hours.
According to a spokesperson, the incident happened when the fasten seat belts signs were on , although all passengers were confirmed safe. As a result, the flight, which was scheduled to depart Manchester at 9:20pm on Friday, landed more than seven hours late at 4.10pm on Saturday afternoon.
A UK-Pakistani flight was subjected to mass delays after a passenger inadvertently opened the emergency exit door thinking it was a toilet. pic.twitter.com/2UuYpLRNvO
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After the emergency exit was activated, all passengers had to be evacuated from the plane as it was not fit to fly till 5:00am the following morning. The PK702 was not the only one affected as the delayed flight scheduled filtered down to other flights and the UK airport had to issue a statement on the same.
“We regret the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door. We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passenger,” the airport said in a statement.