Ryanair passenger tries to open door midflight

Passengers on a recent Ryanair flight had a scary time when a man allegedly tried to open a plane door midflight and threatened to “kill every one of you.”

The disruption happened May 4 on a flight from Manchester, England, to Gran Canaria, Spain. According to passengers, the man started throwing things and yelling at the cabin crew before attempting to open the plane door. At that point, several passengers intervened, pinning him to the floor.

The Sun quoted Jodie Fisher, 27, from Manchester, saying the unruly man “came to the front of the plane and started throwing cups all over the floor of the plane. … He took the fire extinguisher off the wall and threatened to hit the female member of cabin crew with it.”

The passengers who jumped in to help reportedly held the man down for 45 minutes while he raged. 

In a video of the incident, he can be heard shouting, “I will literally fight every one of you and kill you and don’t think I’m joking. I will kill every one of you.”  

When the plane landed, the man was taken into custody by police, The Sun reported. 

In a statement to USA TODAY, Ryanair said, ““The crew of this flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria (May 4) requested police assistance upon landing after a passenger became disruptive midflight.”

The airline continued, “The safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This passenger has been banned from flying with Ryanair again and this is now a matter for local police.”

This is not the first time a passenger has tried to open a plane door midflight.

On April 12, an agitated passenger opened the door of an American Airlines plane that had just landed at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and tried to jump to the tarmac.

On March 18, a woman was arrested after she attempted to open a door on a Delta plane inflight from Indianapolis to Detroit. And on March 5, a woman on a United Express flightfrom San Francisco to Boise, Idaho, was detained after attempting to open the plane door while chanting “I am God.”  

USA TODAY