A passenger on a UK-Pakistan flight caused severe delays at Manchester Airport after opening the emergency exit door before the flight took off, thinking it was the toilet.
Pakistan International Airlines flight 702 was scheduled to depart from Manchester airport to Islamabad on Friday but suffered a delay of nearly eight hours after a woman on board opened the wrong door.
The PK702 flight was due to leave Manchester at 9.20pm on Friday but landed more than seven hours late at 4.10pm on Saturday afternoon.
The female passenger had got up to use the bathroom before take-off, but accidentally opened the adjacent emergency exit, according to reports.
All passengers were safe but had to be removed from the plane, which was unable to fly until 5am the following morning.
Several other flights were also delayed because of the disruption with the airline later tweeting: “We regret the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door.
“We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.”
Many of the passengers affected too to social media to complain about the disruption.
One tweeting as “Sleeping Beauty” wrote on arrival at Islamabad: “Pathetic service from PIA. I am
“Pathetic service from PIA. I am one of the 38 passengers who voluntarily offloaded from PK702 so it can fly to Islamabad only on the condition that all 38 of us will get our luggage.
“First you did not give it to us in Manchester. Then when we reached here today we were told half of our luggage is still at Manchester airport. A lot of us don’t even have clothes to wear here.”
Source: The Evening Standard