Two passengers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight on Monday opened the cabin door and exited the plane via an emergency slide at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, airline officials said.
The passengers — an unidentified man, and woman — were on flight DL462, an Airbus A321 registered N357DN which was bound for Atlanta when they exited the plane as it was taxiing. They have taken their large service dog with them down the slide.
Another passenger on the flight told the New York Times that he saw the pair and their dog change seats several times as the aircraft was preparing to leave. He added that the man stood up as the plane began moving and ignored a flight attendant’s order to sit down.
The two passengers were taken into custody.
The incident forced the plane to return to the gate, where the passengers got off and were put on other flights, according to NBC New York. They arrived in Atlanta with a delay of 9 hours.
2 Passengers and a Dog Slide Out of Moving Plane at La Guardiahttps://t.co/IK0RFuBtBe
— Victoria M. Walker (@vikkie) December 22, 2020
The pair were on Flight 462 to Atlanta Monday evening when they exited the plane via the emergency slide as the aircraft taxiing, a Delta spokesperson saidhttps://t.co/C8lVtt6tmu
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) December 22, 2020