An American Airlines Boeing 737-823 flight AA2551 traveling from Charlotte to Baltimore on July 1 was canceled after having unfavorable weather. The aircraft was stuck on the runway for two hours, and the cancellation was announced eventually. The flight carrying 172 passengers and six crew members had already boarded the plane but couldn’t take off.
After being stuck on the aircraft for at least half an hour, one of the passengers used the over-wing exit window, as there were no jet bridge operators to let the passengers out of the aircraft. The impatient passenger jumped onto the tarmac by opening the emergency exit door.
The passenger was detained immediately and was handed over to police custody. Since then, the passenger has been placed on American’s internal refuse pending further investigation.
The remaining passengers waited on board the aircraft for roughly 40 minutes before they were finally deplaned. The alternate flights were arranged for each passenger as confirmed by the airline.
As I’m rushing to grab a rental car, the passenger is bring led out of the airport in handcuffs. pic.twitter.com/YoKwEB9zXX— Brandon Goldner (@BrandonWCNC) July 2, 2021