Teen Arrested After Opening Emergency Door and Sliding Down Plane Wing at San Francisco Airport
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for opening an emergency exit on a Copa Airlines flight from Panama City to San Francisco, California.
The plane was taxiing at San Francisco International Airport when the teen, who according to reports was a U.S. citizen, forced open the door, jumped onto the plane wing, and slid down to the tarmac.
San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel told the Los Angeles Times that the boy was traveling by himself and appeared to be under “emotional distress.” Passengers also said the teen looked “fidgety” and “anxious.” The ordeal happened so quickly, no one had a chance to stop it from happening.
A construction crew nearby confronted the boy and kept him occupied until police arrived to place him under arrest. He was uninjured in the incident.
Copa Airlines, based out of Panama, released a brief statement saying that a crew member on Flight 208 closed the door and the plane then taxied to the gate. The other passengers got off the flight without incident.
However, passenger Isaac Rodrigues told the Los Angeles Times that a flight attendant had to block the opening with her body as there was no door to close after the teen had jumped.
Other flights at the airport were able to operate as normal throughout the incident.