British Airways passengers wrestle man who tried to open door mid-flight
A British Airways passenger yelling, “I want to get out!” had to be restrained by other fliers when he tried to open an exit door mid-flight, according to a report.
The unidentified man was apparently experiencing a panic attack Monday on a flight to Saudia Arabia from London’s Heathrow Airport when he attempted to exit the plane, the Guardian reported.
“I want to get out!” he reportedly screamed while trying to open a door.
Several passengers and flight attendants rushed to intervene, wrestling the man away from the exit, the outlet reported.
“It was like something out of a movie. When I got there, he was shouting … in broken English,” Dean Whyte told the Guardian.
Whyte said he pulled the man into a bear hug to prevent him from opening the door.
“I managed to grab him and was preparing to slam him hard if necessary, but myself and the steward could see he wasn’t quite right in the head, so I held him and tried to calm him down. Eventually, it worked,” Whyte said.
The unruly passenger continued to cause a commotion — pointing and shouting — but ultimately calmed down and was brought back to his seat, the news outlet reported.
British Airways confirmed there was a disruption aboard the flight.
“Our cabin crew cared for a customer who suffered from a panic attack during the flight,” the airline said in a statement. “We are sorry for any concern this caused our customers.”
A flight attendant, who wasn’t identified, said the incident was reported to authorities.
“I have never seen anything like that before,” he told the Guardian.
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