- A Southwest Airlines passenger opened the emergency exit and climbed onto the wing of the plane at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
- The passenger was caught on the tarmac and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
- There are no criminal charges in connection with the incident, and the investigation has been referred to federal authorities.
A Southwest Airlines passenger was taken to a hospital for evaluation after opening the plane’s emergency exit hatch and climbing onto the wing on Sunday, according to officials. The incident occurred at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport while the plane was still at the skyway and not moving, as reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The reason behind the passenger’s decision to open the emergency exit remains unclear. “He was caught on the tarmac, and transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” the sheriff’s office stated. However, officials did not disclose the nature of the hospitalization.
NBC News has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more details on the incident. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that there are no criminal charges connected to the event, and the investigation has been referred to federal authorities.
Southwest Airlines announced that after a brief delay, the flight eventually took off for Atlanta and continued to its final destination in Baltimore. “We commend our flight and ground crews for their swift action and apologize to our customers for their inconvenience,” the airline said in a statement.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport confirmed that there was an incident involving “a Southwest Airlines passenger’s unauthorized deplaning of the aircraft,” but deferred further comment to the sheriff’s office.
Once again, we witness the unsettling behavior of a Southwest Airlines passenger, who opened the emergency exit and climbed onto the wing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. While there are no criminal charges tied to this bizarre incident, it raises concerns about the mental state of some individuals boarding flights.
This highlights the urgent need for better pre-boarding screening processes to protect passengers and crew from unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations. Southwest Airlines, along with all carriers, must prioritize safety and invest in measures to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.