An incident at an airport in Mexico has sparked controversy: at the International Airport of the City of Mexico (AICM), where an Aeroméxico plane was waiting to take off, a man on board opened an emergency exit and proceded to walk on the wing. The event on January 25th seems to be a typical case of bad behavior on an airplane, but there were reasons behind it.
The International Airport of Mexico City reported that a man was handed over to police after opening an emergency exit of a parked plane on Friday.
Passengers supported him
Dozens of flight attendants signed a statement claiming that the airline had forced them to wait for four hours without ventilation or water due to flight delays. According to photos of the declaration on the internet, the flight crew said that they acted “to protect everyone with everyone’s support.”
In a press release, the airport said that “Yesterday, on a plane waiting to take off for Guatemala, a man opened an emergency door while the aircraft was stationary in a remote position, perched on a wing and then re-entered the cabin, without causing any harm to any person or the aircraft.”
“Due to international security regulations, said person made himself available to the authorities.”, he said.
At least 77 passengers on the Aeroméxico flight to Guatemala signed a handwritten declaration on the pages of a notebook, which was then posted on social media to support the man’s actions.
“The delay and lack of air created hazardous conditions for the passengers’ health. ‘He saved our lives,’ the declaration reads.
The airport authorities did not identify the individual and declined to comment on whether he is still detained or whether he faces charges.
Flight tracking websites confirmed that flight AM672 bound for Guatemala City was delayed by 4 hours and 56 minutes on Thursday.
Aeroméxico has not yet responded to a request for comments sent via email.