A passenger was arrested Saturday after triggering a Delta airplane’s emergency slide and exiting down the chute, according to CNN. The flight was set to journey from Los Angeles to Seattle.
“The aircraft was holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft and was initially detained by Delta staff ahead of being arrested by local law enforcement,” Delta mentioned in a press release, per CBS.
“Customers are being re-accommodated on a new aircraft and we apologize for the inconvenience and delay in their travel plans,” the provider added.
The individual arrested has not been recognized.
The FAA can be investigating the slide incident, per CBS. Airport police in Los Angeles additional mentioned the incident occurred round 10 a.m.
“Due to the circumstances, FBI has been notified,” Los Angeles Airport Police Captain Karla Rodriguez mentioned, per the outlet.
The incident is a part of an ongoing pattern of current air travel-related dangerous habits together with violence against flight attendants.
The pandemic seems to have intensified issues. In 2021, the FAA investigated 1,081 airplane incidents, which was a 494% improve in comparison with the common variety of incidents investigated in years beforehand.
There’s additionally been a rash of “close calls,” the place airplanes have come in close range of one another.
The National Transportation Safety Board Chair (NTSB) Jennifer Homendy known as an increase in security incidents “concerning.”