BOSTON (CBS) — A passenger on board a flight from Orlando to Boston tried to open an exit door midflight, a spokesperson for Logan Airport said Tuesday night.

Delta said on its Twitter account that it was an off-duty police officer who subdued the passenger. In a statement, the TSA says it was two other passengers who subdued the suspect.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod talked with passengers who were sitting nearby who said the man was very drunk and fiddling with the emergency exit, which set off an alarm.

State police were waiting at the gate for the passenger. Once the plane landed safely one man was taken into custody and charged with interfering with a flight crew. Authorities say the man may face additional charges.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports.

There were 149 passengers and five crew members on board.

It is unknown why the person tried to open the exit.

This is the second time a passenger’s tried to open an emergency door in flight this week. On Sunday, a man on a Continental flight from Houston to Chicago tried to open a door and was tackled by other passengers.

Comments (5)
  1. Deborah DeCiccio Smith says:

    did that have anything to do with the plane arriving late?

  2. Joan K says:

    Oh, he was drunk. Big surprise! What do these airlines expect, when they keep the drinks coming. Oh yeah – drinks generate income.

  3. emom says:

    stop serving booze on flights and this may not happen….Oh and the airports lounges no more than 2 drinks and have a card system or use that bar code on the back of instead use the ticket to verify the person and have it alert the next bar this person has already met their limits. prevent it from happening again please

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