Southwest Passenger Jumps From Emergency Exit and Tries to Steal a Truck

by Anthony Losanno
SW Passenger

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Here’s another example of a passenger behaving badly. Yesterday, a Southwest Airlines’ passenger on flight SW3172, traveling from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), opened an over-wing emergency exit, jumped out onto the wing, and then ran across the tarmac to try to steal a truck.

SW Flight

The flight was delayed almost three hours as a result of the incident.

Passengers believed he planted something on the plane and this caused a rapid disembarkation. The video below shows passengers rushing onto the jet bridge.

Employees removed the man from the truck and detained him until authorities arrived. The man was reportedly taken from the airport to a nearby hospital for evaluation. No other details on the man’s motive for opening the door and running away have been released. It seems odd that he would just want to leave as the plane was readying for pushback.

Anthony’s Take: Another day, another example of bizarre passenger behavior. Luckily, the man was apprehended and all of the other passengers got to their destination (albeit a bit late) safely.

(Featured Image Credit: @fl360aero via Twitter/X.)

(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)

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