Passenger opens plane emergency exit, mistaking it for the toilet

Female passenger mistakes exit door for toilet on PIA flight

A passenger aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight accidentally opened the emergency exit door on Friday night while hunting for the bathroom, causing a seven-hour delay.

Manchester Airport declined to comment on the incident, said CNN.

The emergency chute on the Pakistan International Airlines flight was deployed at Manchester Airport last Friday night. It arrived in Islamabad seven hours late having made up some time during the journey.

The woman got up from her seat - defying the seat belt signs, which were on - and she opened the emergency exit mistaking it for the bathroom door. The delay of the flight also led to a domino effect on later departures, for which the airline apologized on Twitter. Flight PK702 was only able to take off when 38 passengers volunteered to disembark, owing to its evacuation capacity being reduced, and some of those have since complained that their baggage was left behind in Manchester.

In this case, 38 of the passengers volunteered to be placed on a later flight.

However, he said that the offloaded passengers were provided transportation and hotel accommodation.

"First you did not give it to us in Manchester [and told us] don't worry, it will be taken to Pakistan on your next flight".

"PIA regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers due to this incident".

The spokesperson said that PIA chief executive Air Marshal Arshad Malik had ordered an inquiry into the incident.



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