A United passenger was arrested after opening the emergency exit and sliding down the chute while the plane was boarding

  • A passenger on United Airlines flight 1640 from Newark to Tampa Bay deployed and used the emergency exit slide while the flight was boarding at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to NBC New York.
  • The man reportedly claimed that he had boarded the wrong flight before he was arrested, but the Port Authority later said the man had boarded the correct flight.
  • The plane was evacuated after the incident and passengers were moved to another plane, CBS News reports.


A passenger on United Airlines flight 1640 to Tampa Bay deployed and used the emergency exit slide while the flight was boarding at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to NBC New York.

The man reportedly claimed that he had boarded the wrong flight before he was obtained, but the Port Authority later said the man had boarded the correct flight.

According to a Twitter user, the flight was delayed for three hours before the man used the emergency slide. The flight was delayed for a little over five hours total, according to Flightaware.com. After the incident, the plane was evacuated and passengers were moved to another plane, CBS News reports.

According to NBC New York, the man was arrested after the incident and charges are pending. 

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United and the Port Authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In January, a passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight also climbed onto a wing before the plane deboarded the plane in Malaga, Spain. The passenger was reportedly frustrated by having to wait to get off the plane. He was also arrested after the incident. 

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