United Airlines passengers jump from Taxi Boeing 737

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No matter how long a flight actually is, it just feels like the time between landing and being able to get off the plane for the longest part of any flight. I usually have to consistently remind myself that it’s only a few minutes until I’m in the terminal. However, I never thought the wait was long enough to consider jumping off the plane and running across the asphalt to the terminal.

At 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning, a United Airlines Flight 2478 landed at O’Hare Airport in Chicago after departing from San Diego, California. As the Boeing 737-900ER approached the gate, Randy Frank Davila decided, for some strange reason, to open the emergency exit door. The passenger then climbed onto the wing of the plane and fell to the O’Hare apron. The ground crew arrested the 57-year-old Californian and also contacted local police.

A statement from United Airlines did not extend the widely reported series of incidents:

“This morning the taxi United flight 2478 towards the street at Chicago O’Hare when a passenger opened a plane door and got off the plane. Our ground crew stopped the person outside the plane, and the person is now with the police. The plane then arrived at the gate and all passengers got off the plane safely. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority. “

His fellow passengers and even the 911 exchange were both stunned by what was happening. I just want to know what this guy’s gameplay was when he opened the door. Did he think he could walk across the tarmac, into the terminal and leave the airport? Did he only have hand luggage, or did he have plans to pick up luggage in the carousel? Well, he now has to plan to appear in court at the end of June.

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