Angry, Intoxicated 1st Class Passenger Uses Emergency Slide So He Doesn't Have To Wait For Coach

An intoxicated first class passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Guyana became so angry that coach passengers were allowed to exit before him that he “yanked open an emergency hatch and slid down the chute,” says the AP.

The man was taken into custody and later released on bail. A Delta spokesperson told the AP that they will be filing charges against the man for interfering with flight crewmembers. Well, at least he was paying attention during the “safety lecture,” right?

Angry flier uses emergency slide to exit Delta jet [USAToday](Thanks, David!)
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  1. petrarch1610 says:

    that sounds like so much fun, especially when you’re drunk!

  2. SpecialEd says:

    What a maroon!

  3. bravo369 says:

    how did he become intoxicated? did the flight attendants keep giving him drinks?

  4. Mike8813 says:

    The nerve! Allowing peasants to exit the plane before royalty…

  5. He must have been drinking the Jonestown Kool-Aid.

  6. tmed says:

    It’s that sort of outside-the-box thinking that we’re lloking for in the next cabinet. This guy could develop an exit strategy for Iraq.

  7. apotheosis says:

    Obviously, Delta’s at fault for putting the slides there in the first place.

  8. SkokieGuy says:

    About 5 – 6 years ago, before the media frequently talked about passengers held on plane, I was part of a planeload held on the tarmac for 7 hours.

    We were about 300 feet from the terminal and a mobile stairway could have easily got us off the plane.

    I and other passengers had agreed at midnight we would exit via the emergency chutes. 4 minutes before midnight, we were brought to the terminal and unloaded.

    When does one move from delayed passenger to hostage? If a Walmart clerk detains me for a few moments, I have legal recourse, but the airlines have free reign to do as they wish?

  9. puffyshirt says:

    what is with the transparent hand on the left side of the picture? are delta flights haunted as well?

  10. Crushmeguy says:

    Is it normal to allow coach passengers off before those in first class? For the price premium I would certainly expect to get off the plane ASAP. Not condoning the guy’s behavior, but that’s pretty funny.

  11. sir_eccles says:

    @bravo369: While I don’t know about Delta, in some first class seats you get your complimentary drink before take off, maybe one before dinner and one with dinner. Ok, so it’s only two or three drinks but altitude can have some funny effects on the human body including getting drunk more easily.

  12. Tmoney02 says:

    @petrarch1610: I always thought it sounded fun too, until I watched a video of airbus testing their emergency exits when building their new mega plane 380. Apparently a lot of people get bruised tailbones, though this may be because they are in a rush and don’t hit the slide quite right. Also one guy broke his leg, not sure how that happened. Here is a video of 873 people getting out in less than 90 seconds with only half the emergency exits open.

  13. Mysterry says:


    I don’t think it’s normal for coach passengers to get off before those in first and business class. They are the ones who usually get off first since they are in front.

  14. Tmoney02 says:

    @Tmoney02: Didn’t embed my video, here it is….

  15. snapdoodle says:

    wow. who *hasn’t* thought of doing that? personally i’ve always thought that’s how everyone should exit a plane.

    it would be even better if in hot climates they made it a water slide.

  16. Gann says:

    @sir_eccles: Don’t forget the half dozen pre-flight drinks.

  17. Jabberkaty says:

    Oh, tailbones be damned – I want to go on the slide. I bet customer satisfaction would increase if there was more sliding – I think this applies to most industries, not just airlines.

  18. GMFish says:

    Just two comments.

    First, the airlines and airports have to stop serving alcohol. Airlines and airports lose their right to complain about drunk passengers when they chose to operate bars.

    Second, they should perform breath tests on passengers and not allow them on the flight if they are drunk. Personally I’d go as low as .05%.

  19. that’s just classy. I was on spirit air a couple of weeks back and they had beer for $5/ea, or 4 for $16. He may have been a deal seeker and chose the latter, thus resulting in this

  20. ARP says:

    He’s my (idiot) hero of the day. What kind of charge/prison does interfering carry? It might be worth it.

  21. shoelace414 says:

    @Tmoney02: That is video of everyone working together to get out on time, however I saw a video where they said “We’ll pay you more money based on of you’re out first.. second.. third.. the money goes down the more people that get out ahead of you.

    It took like 10 minutes to get everyone out. People were climbing over the seats to get to the door. Which is what probably would happen if there was a fire behind me.

  22. tmed says:


    If they stopped serving, the pilots owuld have to drive to airport drunk.

  23. ThunderRoad says:

    How did he “interfere” if he left the plane?

  24. apotheosis says:

    Well he definitely interfered with that plane going anywhere for a while.

  25. 12-Inch Idongivafuck Sandwich says:

    @Tmoney02: Haha, at one point, about 45 seconds in, you can see people just dropping down, not on the chute, but on the standing area just before it (like they expected it to be soft)…of course they are going to get bruised tailbones.

  26. Tmoney02 says:

    @shoelace414: Any chance you could dig it up or have any info on what it may be called. Would be interested to see it.

  27. fostina1 says:

    he deserves a refund. no way he should have had to wait. didnt he pay a premium, he should have got off first.

  28. Broken arms and legs used to be pretty common. That’s the secret reason why they used to instruct you to take off your shoes and hold them–otherwise your instinct is to grab the sides of the slide (breaking a finger, wrist, or arm in the process)

  29. vladthepaler says:

    1) If coach passengers can get off the plane first, that’s quite an incentive to fly coach. (Especially if they also get to board last.)

    2) Interesting that it took a drunk guy to realize that it’s stupid to only let people exit the plane through one door. Of course people could get off faster if there were more exits available. The airlines should thank him for pointing it out and change their policies.

  30. IphtashuFitz says:

    @ThunderRoad: By inflating the slide he interfered. The plane basically can’t move once it’s been inflated without potentially damaging the slide. It also can’t fly again until a new slide is installed and tested.

  31. Jenng says:

    Wonder what kind of fee they will come up with. Maybe they could start charging an additional fee for any passengers who would like to exit using the slide? LOL

  32. Fatty Shcock says:

    Hey, give him some credit! At least he was creative!

  33. Hogan1 says:

    Hrmmm… Which to choose…

    Exit 1: Slight delay and Freedom
    Exit 2: Joyride and subsequent arrest

  34. dmbbnl429 says:

    @GMFish: I don’t think banning alcohol is the way to go, there are alot of people out there that drink because they are absolutely terrified of flying.

  35. laddibugg says:

    @shoelace414: Yeah, THAT would emulate a real emergency….hell, it would probably be WORSE than a real emergency once money was involved.

  36. says:

    lol. funny, but he should get off his high horse

  37. gamin says:

    lol no we are gonna get charged with a deployment fee or something like that

  38. 12-Inch Idongivafuck Sandwich says:

    @dmbbnl429: I agree. There are also plenty of people who enjoy a few drinks before or during their flight, and can do so responsibly.

  39. OPNLguy says:

    Instead of Delta pressing charges on the guy, it might have been more fitting a punnishment for Delta to have point out (to the 170+ passengers scheduled to ride the outbound flight, now grounded due to the deployed slide) exactly who was responsible for their flight being delayed.

  40. Japheaux says:

    Sui-slide is painless.

    The Delta limerick:

    A passenger had way too much pride,
    The coach folks would not step aside,
    I’ll do it my way he thunk,
    My excuse is I’m drunk,
    I’ll just exit the plane on the left slide.

    I suppose Delta will take this case very serious.

  41. HookEmSarah says:

    Stupid, but funny. Who hasn’t wanted to try this?

    I would love to know what this guy did once he hit the ground. I realize that you don’t thoroughly plan things like this when you’re drunk, but where did he think he was going to go? Just gonna go grab his luggage from the plane and catch a cab? Or maybe he was going to run back up the stairs and slide down again…fun!

  42. plural_of_moose says:

    @Hogan1: Well, keep in mind he was drunk, so the decision might have been more:

    Exit 1: Wait his turn, get his bags, and have the cattle leave before him….


    Exit 2: Grab his bags, get to use those “drunk muscles” to wrench a door off its hinges, get to ride a really fun slide, teach those attendants who’s really in charge, and maybe get his bag right as its being unloaded (cutting down on the airline wasting his clearly valuable time), then concierge service as the police carry him and his bags to a detention area.

    Drunken logic is always amusing…

  43. Skipweasel says:

    Bill him for the cost of testing/repacking/replacing the chute and see if he wants to do it again. If you’re feeling viscious, add the cost of delaying the plane.

  44. Etoiles says:

    @vladthepaler: Interesting that it took a drunk guy to realize that it’s stupid to only let people exit the plane through one door. Of course people could get off faster if there were more exits available. The airlines should thank him for pointing it out and change their policies.

    This seems to be variable by airport more than anything else, in my experience. I know at at least one Florida airport (I can’t remember if it’s Miami or Ft. Lauderdale; I’ve flown into both almost interchangeably) where several times they’ve had the standard jetway at the front of the plane, and a mobile stairway at the rear. Passengers who were “able bodied enough” and “had clear access to the rear of the plane” were encouraged to use the second exit.

    As a New England native, I can completely see why that’s not done at BOS or JFK or even down here in DC during the winter (ice is baaaaad and leads to lawsuits I’m sure when people slip and fall) but I’ve often wondered why I never saw it in, say, California or the other Florida airports I’ve used.

  45. Hey this could be a good idea for allowing passengers to exit the plane faster…sort of like that option where you can go thru baggage check quicker. Of course there’s OSHA standards and you have to have a mountain of legal release documents signed by the passenger, but dammit It’ll be fun!

  46. @EtoilePB: Was the staircase in the very back of the plane, exiting under the tail?

    A few times in my lifetime I’ve seen dual-exits used on a 727, which had that retractable stairway arrangement (The DB Cooper Special!). I don’t think they use that anymore for safety and security reasons.

  47. Mr.SithNinja says:

    I have a new hero….

    If I am paying first class rates, I wouldn’t want to wait for the cattle car to unload first either. What the hell are you paying extra for if they are catered to first?

  48. kepler11 says:

    Delta ought to press charges and damages against the guy. He has definitely caused them many thousands of dollars to replace and pack that chute, and the consequent delay to the aircraft and passengers.

  49. Roundonbothends says:

    I’ve always wondered why they fill the airplanes from front to back. Wouldn’t it cause less confusion and inconvenience if the BACK of the airplane was seated first?

    Of course, considering the girth of of the typical traveler these days, maybe they load from the front first to avoid having the tail hit the ground. :-)

  50. snoop-blog says:

    I’m tired of these muther f-in drunks, on this muther f-in plane…

  51. farside808 says:

    I think that is kinda awesome. Hooray beer!

  52. Etoiles says:

    @Ash78: The last time I flew to Florida was 2004, so it’s getting a bit hazy now, but I remember them using the doors that are in the bathroom / galley area of the rear of the plane. The staircase was wheeled up to the left of the aircraft same as the jetway, IIRC.

  53. Mira Mi Huevo!!! says:

    Maybe the alcohol went right thru him and he had to go that bad… Desperate times call for desperate measures!!!

  54. Landru says:

    @Skipweasel: Yeah, but only if we can bill Delta for our time of being stuck on their planes.

  55. afrix says:

    They airlines are missing the boat here. Charge a $42.95 fee for the privilege.

  56. valthun says:

    I just flew Horizon this last weekend, all they have are small planes, when leaving the plane they use both exits, of coarse everyone hits the tarmac and then has to climb the stairs up to the terminal.

  57. Why didn’t the airlines kill all the couch flyers so the first class passangers could walk over their corpses and get out faster?

  58. Maulleigh says:

    I forsee a really interesting AA qualification in the future.

  59. SexierThanJesus says:

    @PrestonBerryworth: PrestonBerryworth = Hero

  60. Trai_Dep says:

    Considering the number of stories of bad parenting for ADD kids, it’s deliciously ironic that an adult is the first to think of pulling the slide trick…

  61. @snapdoodle:

    it would be even better if in hot climates they made it a water slide.

    I’d fly that airline to somewhere hot JUST to say I did that.

  62. BlueTraveler says:

    @EtoilePB: Ft. Lauderdale unloads and loads from both the front and the back. It works out very nice. Of course you have to go across the tarmac to get to the back, which is probably why I have never seen it in colder climates.

    On another note, how was first class not unloaded first on this flight? Every plane I have been on unloads from front to back? Isn’t First Class in the front of the plane?

  63. @Trai_Dep:

    Considering the number of stories of bad parenting for ADD kids, it’s deliciously ironic that an adult is the first to think of pulling the slide trick…

    I don’t think there’s many kids left that would be smart enough.

  64. mzhartz says:

    I can’t believe I’m the first person to mention that the lady airborne ready to slide down the slide has got to be Hillary Clinton.

  65. Carencey says:

    I’d be interested in some more info…I see a lot of people who would also be in the same whinefest if coach passengers got off ahead of them as a first class passenger, but I don’t see where it says that all coach passengers were allowed to exit ahead of all first class passengers…just this guy. If he was drunk enough to think pulling the chute was a good plan, he was probably drunk enough to be a hazard by way of blocking those exiting the plane and might have been told to stay put. We don’t know. Paying more doesn’t entitle him to inconvenience or endanger everyone else.

    @fostina1: Congratulations! You have a regular schtick. I am so happy for you.

  66. JeffM says:

    @EtoilePB: San Jose has two exits for some flights in Terminal C where both front and rear exits have to exit on mobile staircases. Then it only sucks if you’re in the middle of the plane. (but only ~half as bad) :)

  67. wickedpixel says:

    @Crushmeguy: If there are a lot of people on a flight who have a close connection, often the flight crew will instruct passengers to let those people off first, the majority of which are probably sitting in coach. This happens a lot at hubs and when a flight is late getting in.

  68. SharkD says:

    @afrix: I think US Airways has already announced that each passenger will have to pay $5 if they wish to use the emergency slide in the event of an emergency (Cash, Visa/MC/Amex – no Discover, please), and if the ‘pay to survive’ program doesn’t generate enough revenue over the next year, they will be forced to remove the slides, in order to save costs and weight.

  69. KittensRCute! says:

    first class tickets are expensive, i would be annoyed too. anyway, whats the point of paying first class if you cant do each and everything first? at continental you board first and you leave first! — until they cut that too to save on expenses.

  70. LJKelley says:

    I know I have boarded a 747 where two jetways attached themselves to the plain and you picked one based on where your seat was.

    But honestly, it was downright rude to tell a premium paying costumer to wait when its generally a self given that First Class can board and exit first. I do agree he should pay, but Delta should then also pay for all their mistakes and delays.

  71. Youthier says:

    @Roundonbothends: I always wonder that too… particularly on the tiny planes where the aisle is slightly wider than my hips (and I’m a size 8). No matter how careful I am, someone always gets whacked with my laptop when I try to get to the back of the plane.

    Plus, you’re trying to get to row 26 but the guy in row 8 is trying to get his stuff situated in the overhead, gumming up the works.

  72. CK76 says:

    This. Guy. Is. AWESOME. I could totally picture myself doing this.

    I hope everyone realizes that if the coach passengers started streaming off the plane like the usually do, he would have been LAST off the plane. Fuck that.

  73. cmcd14 says:

    I want to be this guy. Minus the whole arrest thing. But if I were intoxicated at the time, woulda seemed like the best idea ever.

  74. levenhopper says:

    So wait…is Delta responsible for hotels + meal vouchers for the delay? Because it is a mechanical failure.

  75. Real Aler says:

    Whatever happened to “Cabin doors to manual and cross check” – shouldn’t the slides be disarmed at the gate?

  76. Desk_hack says:

    These stories are starting to sound more and more like something I’d read on the Onion.

  77. rellog says:

    @SkokieGuy: I agree. What ever happened to the “Airline Travelers’ Bill of Rights” we were supposed to see. If they strand me for hours on a plane, I’d lose it and snap.
    Having said that… this guy was a real douche…

  78. Tankueray says:

    @BlueTraveler: I’ve been on many American flights that board in the front, going through first class, then deplane using the door between first class and coach. Usually the flight attendants stand in the way to allow the first class passengers to exit, then allow coach to go, so I’m assuming that since he was drunk he must not have gotten off with the rest of the first class passengers and then had to wait for the coach passengers to go.

  79. meefer says:

    All airlines I have flown are loaded back to front with the exceptions for elderly, children, and disabled. The problem comes in when those families are in the front and the able-bodied father is stuffing 80 lbs of carryons into the overhead of Row 9 while everyone else is trying to get to row 50.

  80. infecto says:

    All the times I have flown its been loaded front to back.

    This is just one good example why I never cared about the articles with people getting denied flights.

  81. kyle4 says:

    I’m just glad the guy didn’t open the door of the plane while it was still in flight, that would’ve been a bigger mess.

    I wonder what this guy’s charges are going to be? A fine? Community service? Will they ban him from flying for a few months?

  82. mr mike says:

    What a moran!

  83. skijmpr says:

    Oh how this brings back memories (see ‘5’):
    Caution: NSFW

  84. HAHAHA! Ok this story just gave me a good chuckle.