A flight from Manchester, England, to Islamabad, Pakistan, over the weekend was delayed seven hours when a passenger in search of a bathroom accidentally opened an emergency exit, according to the Independent.
Passengers were offloaded before the Pakistan International Airlines flight could depart after the traveler opened the cabin door and deployed an emergency inflatable slide, according to the newspaper.
“A passenger erroneously opened the emergency door causing the emergency slide to activate,” PIA said in a statement. While cabin crew would normally be seated at the emergency exit, they were unable to prevent the passenger from opening the door, according to the Independent.
We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate consequence of the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door. We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.
— PIA (@Official_PIA) June 8, 2019
The plane finally departed Manchester at 5 a.m. the next day, according to the publication, arriving at its destination at 4 p.m. Once a plane has lost its evacuation capacity, as in the case of the deployed slide, it cannot depart until it has reduced the number of passengers to compensate for the loss. The flight was able to depart only after 38 passengers had volunteered to leave and take a later flight.
“All passengers were provided dinner. The offloaded passengers were provided with transportation and hotel accommodation and will be adjusted on the next available flight,” the airline said, according to the Independent. However, some of the offloaded customers reportedly said their baggage had been left in Manchester, according to the newspaper.