A female passenger opened a plane’s emergency exit door after mistaking it for the bathroom.
A flight from Manchester to Islamabad in Pakistan was delayed by almost eight hours after a passenger opened an emergency exit thinking it was the bathroom door.
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK771 was preparing for take off on Friday evening when a female passenger decided to ignore the seatbelt signs and use the toilet.
However, the woman mistakenly opened the emergency exit door at the back of the plane instead.
The doors were in “armed” mode causing the emergency evacuation slide to be deployed.
According to reports, the lost exit slide resulted in the aircraft losing its evacuation capacity so forty passengers were escorted off the plane and forced to take a later flight.
To add salt to injury, many of the passengers who were rebooked realised upon landing in Islamabad that their luggage was left in Manchester.
“We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate consequence of 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,” PIA said in a statement.
The airline has ordered an inquiry into the incident.