This report from Travel+Leisure today could top the lists of those on last week’s PIA flight out of Manchester:
A passenger severely delayed a Pakistan International Airlines flight from Manchester, England, last week after mistaking the emergency exit door for a bathroom.
The plane was on the runway at Manchester International Airport, bound for Islamabad, when “a passenger erroneously opened the emergency exit causing the emergency chute to activate,” an airline spokesperson told Gulf News. The flight was delayed for seven hours.
All passengers and their luggage had to be offloaded from the plane, according to standard safety procedure.
During an investigation following the incident, the passenger told police that she thought the emergency exit was the entrance to the bathroom. The doors were armed which meant that as soon as the woman opened the door, the emergency exit slide inflated.
The plane was supposed to take off at 9:20 p.m. on the evening of June 7, but it was unable to take off until approximately 5 a.m. the following morning. The plane took off the following morning with 38 fewer passengers, all of whom volunteered to go on a later flight. The reduced passenger load was because the aircraft has reduced evacuation capacity without one emergency slide.