Fed up of sitting on the tarmac? One Ryanair passenger took matters into his own hands.
As we all slowly but surely make our way home after the holidays, the bad weather conditions over the last two weeks or so have led to many delays, reroutes and cancellations that have resulted in a frustrated passenger or two.
While most of us accept the unfortunate fact that there’s nothing to do but be patient and hope for the best, one passenger on Irish low-cost airline Ryanair decided enough was enough and took to the emergency exit to make his escape.
Sitting on the tarmac at the airport in Malaga, Spain, a 57-year-old Polish national was arrested on New Year’s Day for climbing out the emergency hatch of the plane and perching himself upon the wing.
A fed-up passenger on a Ryanair flight used the emergency exit to jump onto the plane's wing after landing. Police have opened a complaint against the man for breaching security. https://t.co/V17A9NK7ef pic.twitter.com/6gY0QLZB6a— ABC News (@ABC) January 4, 2018
The flight from London Stansted had been delayed by an hour on departing and the passenger could take no more when they were delayed again on disembarking, remembering his hand luggage before trying his escape.
He was eventually coaxed back on board by the ground staff who were anxious that he would jump from the wing and he was held on the aircraft until he was arrested by local police.
“This man decided he wasn’t going to wait any longer,” a fellow passenger Fernando Del Valle Villalobos told the Mail Online.
“He activated the emergency door and left, saying, ‘I’m going via the wing’. It was surreal.
“He was sat on the wing for quite a while until the crew managed to get him back inside.”
It has since emerged that the man arrested may, in fact, be homeless and have suffered from asthma, causing his panic in getting off the plane.
While he could be faced with a fine upwards of $40,000, the man gave no phone number to reach him by and gave his last address as a homeless hostel run by the Catholic Church in Spain.
“He told me he suffers from asthma. He got up all of a sudden and decided to leave. I don’t blame him," said fellow passenger Raj Mistry.
“If a plane is at a standstill for over 30 minutes and you have no freedom and a health condition, you are bound to do something.”
A spokesperson for the Irish airline said: “This airport security breach occurred after landing in Malaga airport on January 1st.
“Malaga airport police immediately arrested the passenger in question and since this was a breach of Spanish safety and security regulations, it is being dealt with by the Spanish authorities.”
H/T: Irish Times