Passenger Arrested for Opening Plane Door Mid-Flight: Panic Ensues

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A passenger aboard an Asiana Airlines flight bound for Daegu, South Korea, caused a commotion when he opened the plane’s door just minutes before landing. The incident, which took place on Friday, resulted in the immediate detention of the man in his 30s. In response to the disruptive act, the Daegu district court issued an arrest warrant, citing violations of the Aviation Security Act and expressing concerns that the individual may attempt to flee before trial.

The man, identified only by his surname Lee, admitted to opening the door in order to expedite his exit from the aircraft. However, his impulsive action sparked panic among fellow passengers as the Airbus A321-200 was approximately 200 meters (700ft) above the ground. Several students on board experienced breathing difficulties and were rushed to the hospital.

Fortunately, they were later discharged after receiving appropriate medical attention. Following the incident, Asiana Airlines took immediate measures by suspending the sale of seats nearest to the exit on the affected Airbus model. While the airline has not issued a statement outside of business hours, the authorities are taking this matter seriously to ensure the safety and security of passengers. The incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with air travel and highlights the importance of adhering to established aviation protocols.

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