Thursday, February 16, 2012

Screaming Child Prompts Airline Passengers to Plan for Quick Getaway

Having your child throw a tantrum is probably one of the top fears of any parent flying with his or her kids. And sitting next to such a child is likely one of the most dreaded annoyances of other passengers.

But the way two passengers chose to handle such a situation on a flight to Vietnam probably wasn't the best way to go.

It seems a mother with a screaming child wanted a quick getaway from a plane on the tarmac upon landing in Vietnam and asked for help. The man next to her obliged by opening the emergency exit and triggering the escape slide.

The man – identified as 29-year-old Le Van Thuan – told local authorities he activated the slide so that the woman and her son could get off the plane faster.

However, neither the mom – nor the man – took advantage of the option for a quick getaway. It wasn't clear if that was because the crew intervened or if it was simply because they had second thoughts.

Either way, the man now faces penalties for the move.

An airport official tells says the passenger will be fined up to $950. It's also reported the it will cost the unnamed airline $10,000 to replace the slide. The report didn't make clear whether the man would be responsible for that charge, as well.

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