By Matthew Brooks
Delays and air travel go hand in hand.
An airplane in England sat on the runaway for seven extra hours late Friday. One lost person caused the delay. The plane was flying from England to Pakistan.
A passenger disregarded the seat belt signs, and got up from her seat in search of the bathroom.
She opened the emergency door of the airplane.
Opening the door activated the inflatable escape slide. It costs an airline anywhere from $6,000 to $30,000 to inflate the slide.
The lack of the escape slide meant that the airplane had to carry fewer passengers. Thirty-eight people volunteered to take a later flight, according to The Independent.
All passengers and their luggage were removed from the flight.
Pakistan International Airlines tweeted, “We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.”
We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate consequence of the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door. We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.
— PIA (@Official_PIA) June 8, 2019