UK: Man arrested after trying to open plane door

A plane passenger was tackled by fellow travellers as he tried to open an emergency door on board a flight.

Police were called to London’s Luton Airport shortly before 23:00 BST on Saturday to deal with a “disruptive passenger” on a flight from Poland.

He was prevented from opening the door by passengers who “wrestled him to the floor”, a witness said.

He was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, police said.

The incident happened on board Wizz Air flight W61005 from Katowice International Airport in southern Poland.

About 30 minutes before landing the man “walked from the front of the plane and sat next to a woman by the emergency exit over the wing”, passenger David Salon said.

“Suddenly he lunged across her and tried to open the door. She was terrified.

“Luckily there were three big Polish men in the row behind and they and some other passengers wrestled him to the floor and sat on him,” Salon, 44 said.

Air crew then restrained his hands using seatbelts used in safety demonstrations.

Salon, originally from Poland but now working as a chef in Oxford, said the man was Polish and in his 20s.

He had been “acting weirdly on the bus on the way to the plane in Poland”, he added.

Passengers were asked to remain on board once the flight landed until police had taken the suspect away.

Bedfordshire Police confirmed the arrested man was initially taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries and was now being questioned.

9 Responses to UK: Man arrested after trying to open plane door

  1. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep July 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

    New terrorism act to be passed. Lol

  2. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke July 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

    O lord now

  3. Karen Sampson-Rock
    Karen Sampson-Rock July 23, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Omg i can imagine the state of confusion that poor woman was in. Thank God for the men that prevented him frm not opening the door because only God knows what would have been the outcome!

  4. Rose Emily Lewis
    Rose Emily Lewis July 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm


  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 23, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Now they would want to say that it cause by terrorism

  6. Peter July 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    The outcome would be absolutely nothing. At cruise altitude, it is impossible to overcome the force of pressurisation and open an exit. The handle would break before any of the latches moved.
    The fact that a person has the desire to open the exit is of more concern to me, as one wonder what they will try when they fail…

  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Too many madmen bout d place Stupsssse

  8. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small July 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *