Two Passengers and a Dog Exit Moving Aircraft Via Emergency Slide at LaGuardia

By Paul Riegler on 21 December 2020
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Two passengers, accompanied by a dog, opened an emergency exit on a Delta aircraft that was on taxi and went down the emergency slide on Monday.

A spokesman for the airline confirmed the incident and said there had been no emergency on board the flight that would have necessitated using the emergency exit.

Delta Flight 462, an Atlanta-bound flight, was taxiing when the incident happened.

The Airbus A321 returned to the gate where the remaining passengers exited the normal way into the terminal and were rescheduled on other flights.

The flight, which had been scheduled to depart at 9:50 a.m. local time, eventually left for Atlanta at 7:17 p.m.

A Port Authority spokesperson said the two passengers were taken into police custody but had not been charged by Monday evening.

While the incident was nowhere near as dramatic as what may be the best known example of such an exit, which took place ten years ago when Steven Slater, a JetBlue flight attendant, famously exited an Airbus A320 after announcing over the aircraft’s public address system that he had been abused by a passenger and was quitting his job, it may have been the first that involved a four-legged passenger.

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