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Passenger Tries To Open Plane Door At 30,000 Feet

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | September 28, 2015

Passenger Tries To Open Plane Door At 30,000 Feet

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We’re calling you-know-what on this one.

A man was arrested and fined over the weekend for trying to open an aircraft door during flight on a KLM Airlines jet from Edinburgh to Amsterdam.

But James Gray told the Telegraph newspaper had a perfectly good reason to touch the handle — he accidentally mistook one of the plane’s exit doors for the door to the restroom. 


Let’s compare, shall we?

Bathroom door — Tall, thin, small slide handle, opens like a bi-fold closet door.

Exit door — Short, wide, giant handle, opens and swings out from the fuselage.


In any event, Gray said to the Telegraph: "The crew told me to stay in my seat and I was to be arrested when the plane landed. I tried to explain it was a simple mistake. It was a misunderstanding. The police came and arrested me. They weren't too friendly."

Imagine that?

Gray was fined 600 euros by KLM and banned from the airline for five years, which included his return flight to Edinburgh after he was sprung from jail. A friend had to book him a flight home on another airline.

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