Airline Passenger Arrested After Trying to Jump Out of Emergency Exit

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( – On Sunday night, during an incident at the Louis Armstrong Airport, a passenger was arrested after attempting to escape the plane through the emergency exit. The passenger ended up running out of the Southwest Airlines flight on the airport tarmac where he was arrested.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) noted that the plane continued to be parked at the terminal and that they had not yet started take-off at the time of the passenger escaping from the place.

The over-wing exits, which are located near the winds of the plane, are there in cases of emergency as they allow for the passengers to be evacuated quickly from the middle of the plane. Normally, the passengers would slide down the wing on emergency slides before hitting the tarmac. The emergency exits themselves are around 6 feet from the ground.

The JPSO has noted that following his exit from the plane, the man was taken for evaluation at a hospital, however, no further details on his condition were provided. The identity of the passenger has also not been made available, and the case has been referred to federal authorities.

A Southwest Airlines spokesperson in a statement to Newsweek praised both the ground and flight crew for having taken swift action and apologized to all other passengers for any inconvenience caused by the incident. There has not been any information on whether or not the flight was affected.

Previously, a similar incident had occurred on an American Airlines flight in July 2021, with a passenger making an emergency exit, causing the flight to be canceled.

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