Man tries to open exit door on American Airlines flight

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 23, 2017

PASSENGERS aboard a recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota are applauding the crew for how they handled a frightening incident in which a young man tried to open the exit door during the plane's descent.

People travelling on a flight from Los Angeles to Minneapolis were given a fright when a man tried opening one of the emergency doors while they were in the air. "It was a couple of minutes afterward so he had a plan to open that door as we were getting close to the ground", passenger Richard Munassi told CBS. "I thought perhaps two of the passengers had gotten into maybe a fist fight", Munassi said.

"I think American Airlines did a great job, especially the pilot of the plane kind of keeping everything in order and keeping everyone calm", said Munassi.

According to witnesses, the commotion began a few moments after the pilot announced that the flight was preparing for descent to Minneapolis - St Paul International Airport, Fox News reported. "I just hear shouting, 'I'm about to punch him, '" Salman Elmi, who praised the actions of the flight crew.

"It was a insane experience", Elmi said.

Passengers were eventually able to subdue the man just before the pilot made what Munassi described as "probably the hottest" and quickest landing he's ever experienced.

'Everyone was dead quiet on the flight. Munassi said the man didn't resist police, show emotion, or say a word as he passed down the aisle.

And despite what happened during his last flight, he's carrying no concerns on board with him. According to CBS News, the FBI is investigating the incident because it happened mid-flight.

WCCO reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more information on the incident and the man escorted off the plane but didn't hear back Sunday night.

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