Passengers 'Astonished' by Fellow Flier's Exit Strategy

Ryanair passenger apparently couldn't wait, so he jumped onto plane's wing, witness says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 3, 2018 9:19 AM CST
He Couldn't Wait to Get Off the Plane—Literally
A Ryanair passenger who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane stands on the wing of a Ryanair plane at Malaga airport in Spain on Monday.   (Fernando del Valle Villalobos via AP)

A passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight from London who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane after it landed in the southern Spanish city of Malaga surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing. The incident on New Year's Day took place 30 minutes after the flight from Stansted Airport landed, per the AP. The man, who hasn't been named but is said to be a non-Spanish citizen, was coaxed back onto the plane while police were called. Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who videoed the incident, said he heard the man say he got fed up waiting. "I was astonished," del Valle, 25, said.

He noted the passengers were standing in the aisle waiting to get off the plane when the man "very calmly asked permission to get past, opened the emergency exit, looked out, saw the wing, [and] went back for his backpack." The man "sat on the wing for quite a while until the crew managed to get him back inside," del Valle Villalobos said, per the Shropshire Star. He added that the captain came out and asked the man why he'd done it, and del Valle Villalobos heard him say clearly he was sick of waiting inside. The passengers, except the man in question, were kept a further 15 minutes on the plane before being let off. A Ryanair rep said the man was arrested, and police noted Wednesday they've opened a complaint against the man for breaching security.

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