CHANTILLY, Virginia (AP) -- A passenger tried to open the exit door of a jet during a cross-country flight on Tuesday night, airline and federal officials said.
United Airlines Flight 890 from Los Angeles landed as scheduled at Washington Dulles International Airport at 8:35 p.m., said Amy Kudwa, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman. No one was injured.
The passenger became unruly about 31/2 hours into the flight from Los Angeles and was subdued by other passengers and federal air marshals, said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.
"After the passenger was restrained, the pilot decided to land at Dulles," McCarthy said. "It wasn't an emergency landing."
Airport police and FBI agents met the flight and were interviewing the passenger, said FBI spokeswoman Debbie Wierman.
There were 138 passengers and six crew members on board, McCarthy said.
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Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21029 posts, RR: 60 Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4916 times:
Quoting Hiflyer (Thread starter): "After the passenger was restrained, the pilot decided to land at Dulles," McCarthy said. "It wasn't an emergency landing."
Finally! A pilot that doesn't divert and declare an emergency when a single moron does something stupid. Bravo to this pilot. I wish more would take the lead and continue on to the destination unless a continued threat is suspected. One annoying unarmed man or one elderly woman with a loud voice isn't an emergency.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2466 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4850 times:
Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 2): One annoying unarmed man or one elderly woman with a loud voice isn't an emergency.
No, they may not be an emergency at the time, but as a pilot I have to consider what may happen. Is this person having to be restrained continuously? Are passengers/crew out of their seats sitting on top of this person? Do I really want to continue on for another several hours with a possibly unstable person onboard in this situation? In this case I don't know what was said, but the Captain must have been consulting with the company, and with the flight attendants and air marshals in the back, and between all of them came to a decision on where to go. Since this one was already 3 1/2 hours into the flight, it's possible that by the time the situation was settled, IAD was already the closest option. Second gussing the crew's decision making process without full knowledge of what went on is always an exercise in futility.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4568 times:
What pisses me off is that the stories published about events like this never mention that it's nigh impossible to open the door in midair, so the flying public has very little to worry about. Fearmongering by omission. Sickening.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
FlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 364 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4188 times:
What a DUMDUM!
These FOOLS just seem to take leave of their senses! I mean, ya' see what happened to the guy at MIA who ran up and down the aisle shouting about having a gun or a bomb - HE'S DEAD! Obviously, shooting a gun inside a pressurized tube at 35,000' isn't possible. But my point is: How far does some IDIOT think he's gonna' get pulling a STUPID stunt like making a threat or trying to open a door inflight
You would think that the s who do this CRAP would understand that the doors WON'T open for one very good reason: EVERYBODY'S SAFETY!
As far as I'M concerned, the flight crew can get on the PA and make the following announcement prior to pushback:
"Look...get on the plane...take your stuff and STOW IT...SIT DOWN...SHUT UP...buckle your seatbelts and keep them buckled...leave the tray tables and seatbacks ALONE until we TELL you it's okay...and if you can't follow the rules, get the #E!! off the plane NOW before the air marshal takes you DOWN...OTHERWISE YOU'RE GOING TO FEDERAL PRISON OR THE LOONY BIN "
I'd feel a lot better if they'd put it in blunt terms!
LVICS From Argentina, joined Aug 2006, 84 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
Quoting Philhyde (Reply 16): Because the door opens inward, which would be against the internal pressure. Impossible, well not mechanically, but rather with the strength of a human.
Thanks for answering.
Now, I'll probably get into trouble (I mean, I'm afraid I'm making a fool of myself): never seen an aircraft door open inward, so I guess they go inward at first and after that they go outward. Is that correct?
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8740 posts, RR: 52 Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
While the door will not open and the cabin will not decompress in flight, it is possible that the person could do some damage. Yes the handle could brake, but if the unruly passenger starts kicking, they could at least damage the evacuation slide or do other damage that would not be good and could be dangerous.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
Antoniemey From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1504 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
Quoting LVICS (Reply 19): Now, I'll probably get into trouble (I mean, I'm afraid I'm making a fool of myself): never seen an aircraft door open inward, so I guess they go inward at first and after that they go outward. Is that correct?
On most aircraft doors when the handle is pulled the door at first drops inward, then either swings outward or slides up into the fuselage. I've opened enough (despite officially not being allowed) to know. (Yes, always on the ground, parked at the gate).
Make something Idiot-proof, and the Universe will make a more inept idiot.