Chinese travelers have been causing quite a commotion in the aviation world recently. First, there was the hot noodle and bomb threat incident, and now another case has emerged, involving a passenger who decided to deploy the emergency slide in order to speed up the disembarking process.
China Eastern Flight MU2331, which arrived at Sanya Phoenix International Airport from Xi’an at around 9.00 p.m. on December 8, had safely landed and was about to complete taxiing to its designated parking bay before a passenger, who is quoted as saying that he was “eager to get out of the plane once it landed,” opened an emergency exit, which then led to the deployment of the inflatable emergency slide.
Soju reports that the careless passenger, who said that he didn’t listen to the safety instructions before takeoff, was unaware that the emergency exit shouldn’t be opened unless there is an emergency (one might argue that a big door with ‘EMERGENCY EXIT’ written above it should at least be a little bit of a clue).
Xinhua reports that the passenger’s thoughtless actions have created costs in the region of 100,000 Chinese yuan, which is needed to repair the cabin door and replace the slide. Additionally, the return flight MU2332, scheduled to leave at 9.50 p.m. the same evening, was delayed by nearly two hours, not leaving until 11.41 p.m.
By Robert Ridley