A Chinese passenger was placed in police custody for 10 days after causing a disturbance to the aircraft as it went to take off.
South China Morning Post reports that the 42-year-old man opened the emergency exit door just as the Urumqi Airlines domestic flight from Xinjiang to Henan was about to begin.
Apparently, the man had mysteriously mistaken the emergency exit lever for a handrail, and was quoted as saying: “I thought it was just like the handrail on the bus, which [I can] hold on to by myself if I [find myself] sitting unsteadily”. While the man’s mistake did not cause any damage to the airplane or its passengers, it delayed the flight by half an hour as the crew alerted police.
This incident is just the latest to feature Chinese passengers causing mischief on planes. Last month, Chinese tourists were booted from a Thai airways flight after re-enacting a scene from Mortal Kombat; while another Chinese passenger forced their plane to turn around after throwing steaming noodles at a stewardess last year.
By Liam Bourke