Caught on camera: Woman opens emergency exit, jumps out of taxiing plane in Houston
Most of the time when a passenger flight lands, the pilot asks you to remain seated until the plane has taxied all the way to the gate and the seatbelt sign has been turned off.
One woman on a recent flight to Houston had a different idea.
Security cameras at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinential Airport captured the bizzare and dangerous scene Monday afternoon, as a woman forced open the emergency exit of her flight before jumping out and running across the tarmac.
“A lady opened emergency exit door which she was seated next to and jumped off [the] plane,” wrote fellow passenger Cathy Cole in a post on Facebook. “[She] ran to terminal. We stopped short of gate waiting and she got the exit door open and jumped off onto tarmac!”
“Several people said we have a runner before we knew door was open! Jeez!”
United Flight 1982 had just landed after a flight from from New Orleans, and was en route to the gate when the woman opened the overwing exit on the aircraft’s starboard side.
Her actions caught the entire plane – passengers and crew – off guard.
“I realized when the door popped open and a woman stepped out of it,” another passenger, Hampton Friedman, told CNN. He was sitting across the aisle and posted a short video of the open door (see above).
The incident prompted a serious delay for the remaining passengers, as police searched the plane thoroughly – including using K9 units.
Meanwhile, police say the woman was taken into custody shortly after the incident. The Harris County district attorney’s office and the FBI have declined to press charges after determining she posed no national security danger.
Instead, the unidentified woman was treated for minor injuries before being transferred to the neuropsychiatric center at Ben Taub Hospital.
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