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A Delta flight from New York was cut short after a man and woman carrying a guide dog left the plane on the emergency slide.
According to Morgan Durrant, a spokesperson for the airline, the incident happened on Monday, as the plane was preparing to take off at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, bound for Atlanta, Georgia.
Several witnesses reported seeing a very agitated man, accompanied by a woman, open the plane’s door and jump from the plane through the slide that usually goes off when there are emergency landings and when ‘there is no possibility to leave the conventional flight points.
The man was immediately followed by the woman, who was accompanied by a guide dog.
Brian Plummer, one of the passengers on that Delta flight, told the New York Times that just before leaving the plane, the couple moved several times on a flight that was not full. The man ended up getting up and disobeying the commissioner. And he explained that he couldn’t sit down because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
As a result of this incident, the plane was forced to return to the boarding gate, from where the other passengers departed to then be directed to another flight. The Associated Press news agency adds that there is still no information on whether a fee will be charged to passengers who fled the flight.
The incident is reminiscent of 2010, when Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater triggered one of the exits after an argument, when a flight landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, also At New York. Slater was ultimately given a one-year suspended prison sentence and entered a court-instituted treatment program.