IndiGo Passenger Tries To Open Emergency Exit Mid-Air, Arrested

A passenger in an IndiGo flight allegedly tried to open the emergency exit door while the plane was still in the air, airport officials in Tripura’s capital Agartala said.

He was arrested after the flight landed at Agartala airport.

The passenger, Biswajit Debnath, 41, was stopped by other passengers when he tried to force open the emergency exit, officials said.

He also allegedly misbehaved with the cabin crew. The flight came from Guwahati in Assam.

Can you really open the emergency door mid-flight?

Airplane cabins are pressurized spaces to enable high altitude flight. Pressurization exerts a very strong force against the inside of the plane, sealing the doors shut and preventing them from being opened in flight.

You can twist the handle and tug on it all you want, but it’s impossible for a human, or even several humans, to overcome this pressure.

But as we have seen in some instances worldwide, it has been known to happen on occasion.

Why people do it is another question entirely.

It is not recommended that you play with the door handle at any time as unauthorized tampering with aircraft equipment will result in you being arrested and rightly so.