Arlington Man Accused Of Trying To Open Emergency Door During Flight

BOSTON (CBS) – An Arlington man who allegedly tried to open an emergency door on a Delta flight from Orlando to Boston was released on $1,000 bail Wednesday and ordered to stay away from alcohol.
WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

State Police arrested 43-year-old Robert Hersey late Tuesday night at Logan Airport on a charge of interfering with a flight crew, shortly after Flight 1102 landed.

He was arraigned Wednesday in East Boston District Court.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Passengers said he had been drinking and halfway into the flight he tried to open the emergency exit door.

Read: Passenger: ‘He Knew He’d Messed Up’ In Emergency Door Incident

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

An alarm went off and the flight crew and off-duty Weymouth police officer John Riley subdued Hersey.

“The flight attendants they actually brought him to the back of the plane and put him in between two different people so he couldn’t get up,” an unidentified passenger told WBZ-TV.

Riley was one of the people assigned to sit next to Hersey for the remainder of the flight.  He says after a little while, Hersey opened up to him. “He just explained that it was just a dumb thing to do,” said Riley. “After speaking with him for a little bit, I didn’t think he was going to be a threat.”

No one was hurt.

A Delta spokesperson said it’s nearly impossible to open the door because of the cabin pressure during the flight.

Hersey’s attorney Ron Wayland told reporters Wednesday it was all a misunderstanding.

“Here’s a guy who was coming from Orlando on a long flight.  He hit the casing for the exit door, if you’re familiar with that.  The casing came off (and) it activated the light in the cockpit,” Wayland said.

“So then the flight attendant came down and said we have to move you.  No problem.  They moved him.”

Wayland said his client was moved to the next open seat, which happened to be next to an off-duty Weymouth police officer.  He said they talked about the Bruins for the rest of the flight.

Hersey was wearing a Bruins shirt when he was arrested.

  • jaygee

    If he showed up at the boarding gate in this condition then he should not have been allowed to get on the plane. If he was served too much alcohol on the plane then it’s their fault . Either way, his actions are going to cost him. Perhaps he went down to Florida to watch the Bruins play Tampa Bay but he was a week early.

    • Thomas Hood

      Yeah, ’cause it’s everybody’s fault except the drunk. The airport bar and flight attendants waterboarded him with Grey Goose. It’s true, I swear!

      He chose to drink too much and he chose to fly and he chose to make a scene. Now he won’t have as much choice when it comes to his accomodations for a little while. I have no problem with that.

  • no name

    why don’t this door have a lock on it for christ’s sake. i can’t imagine that they don’t lock this type of door in the everyone stupid who bilids planes?

  • Delta Flight 1102 Passenger: 'He Knew He'd Messed Up' In Emergency Door Incident On Flight To Logan « CBS Boston

    […] Flight attendants ultimately chose Tighe and an off-duty Weymouth police officer to sit next to Robert Hersey. Hersey allegedly tried to open the emergency exit door mid-flight. […]

  • emom

    You just dont touch the handles at any of the doors AT ALL… thank god it would not open. slightly drunk and made a mistake,, HHMmmmmm.. wonder how this will play out ….

    • scotty 501

      iin my opinion he is a low class uneducated dolt. an embarrassment to his family. dressed like trash when flying. they give him an exit row and he does this. acts like a high school kid w/ his first beer. and look at the lucky proud wife

  • taxedout

    To bad it didn’t open!!!


    Go Bruins !

  • DeeGee

    Don’t you just love the “funny” drunk! What a story to tell his buddies! I mean come on now, he’s only 43 he’s still having fun. I bet his family is so proud. His kids will probably bring him to school on parents day. Hey your father is a fireman BIG DEAL mine was arrested for almost opening a door while a plane was in flight so there!!!

  • mike

    when i was flying from london to boston back in 2006 a guy had a panic attack and tried to open the door while we were over the atlantic. that didnt make the news.

  • Lee

    Although I believe the guy is a d—bag for being drunk on the airplane
    and deserves whatever charge the airline/police gives him.

    I’m also disgusted by WBZTVs photographer/reporter that refused to leave his yard , after he directed them to leave his house ( 6 PM News May 11th 2011 )
    But they wanted to anger him more, to SHOW that he has some sort of problem maybe.

    They should be charged with trespassing.

    • Ellen

      Lee, I to was rather disgusted by the WBZ team that went to the guys house trying to pressure him into making a comment about his drunken rampage. Tackle someone like this at the courtyard, airport, but not at his house. A home should be that a home, private and secure.

  • Kas

    Betting is now open.

    How long until the TSA will enforce breathalyzer and blood tests as part of the security check ?

  • msw

    Perhaps this guy should check out AA and see a professional that specializes in anger management after his display on the news last night, trying to throw a recycle bin at the reporter. When you’re drinking then getting arrested for disrupting a flight you’re probably hitting bottom

  • hojo

    Hey Kas, breathalyser tests is a great idea. We are talking about the safety of dozens, if not hundreds, of people on an airplane. Out of control drunks are a menace. Just consider all the DUI accidents.

    • kas

      or, stop serving alcohol in the terminals
      Then you can put it on the TSA and see if they let a staggering fool through

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