Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Tue March 29 2016

Chinese Woman Mistakes Airplane Exit As Bathroom, Deploys Evacuation Slide

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 29, 2016

Chinese Woman Mistakes Airplane Exit As Bathroom, Deploys Evacuation Slide

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A passenger flying for the first time in China caused a major delay when she thought the exit door was actually for the bathroom, causing an evacuation slide to deploy.

According to, the unnamed 50-year old woman was on China Southern Airlines Flight CZ3456 from Chongqing to Shenzhen on Friday. With the plane fully boarded and beginning takeoff procedures, passengers started to report a hissing noise.

Upon further investigation, crew members discovered that the evacuation slide had been inflated, delaying the flight for several hours. When questioned, the woman admitted to trying to open the door thinking it was another bathroom after she noticed the long line for the first lavatory she tried.

The China Southern Airlines flight crew was forced to evacuate the passengers from the aircraft while crews closed and returned the evacuation slide to its original position.

The first-time flyer had her boarding pass and passport confiscated by airline officials, and she was not permitted to travel to Shenzhen with the rest of the other passengers. Instead, the woman was handed over to police for questioning.


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