Talia Avakian
March 06, 2018

A passenger onboard a United Express flight has been detained after attempting to open the plane door in the middle of a trip from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho on Monday.

Footage shared on social media appears to show passengers attempting to hold the woman down as she tries to head for the door while screaming, “I am God, I am God, I am God.”

Representatives of SkyWest, which was operating the United Express flight 5449 when the incident occurred, said in a statement to the International Business Times that the flight was able to land safely before police met the passenger at the gate and took her in for questioning. 

While the cause of the incident is still under investigation, Scott T. Smith, a passenger sitting behind the woman on the flight, told the Idaho Statesman that he could sense uneasiness from the passenger early on.

“She wasn’t acting right, or normal, from the very beginning,” he told the publication, adding that he also heard her say phrases like “God has all the data” and “I don’t’ have any data.”

“I have no idea if she was on some sort of medication, and it wore off, or if she had a bad reaction,” he added. 

Police detained the woman, who remains unidentified at this time, once the flight landed safely into the Boise Airport. They are currently conducting medical and physical evaluations before sending her case to the local prosecutor to determine potential charges, a spokesperson from the Boise Police Department told CBS. Officials also said the FBI may later review the case.

This isn’t the first time a passenger has tried to open a plane door mid-flight, though it’s practically impossible to actually accomplish.

When a plane is flying, it has incredibly high amounts of pressure pushing up against it, so a passenger would need to push through thousands of pounds to even crack the door open.

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