American Airlines passengers activated the emergency exit and escaped after the flight was cancelled and there wasn’t an employee to deploy the jet bridge.
American Airlines flight AA2396 was scheduled to depart from Charlotte to Baltimore at 8:55 on Thursday, but the flight was cancelled after 172 passengers and six crew had boarded the plane. Due to extreme weather, many other flights were cancelled.
Bradon Goldner, a reporter at charlotte’s WCNC who was in the emergency exit row, said, “The guy couldn’t take it anymore. He crawled over us and opened the emergency exit to let himself out.”
The passenger was caught nearby the jet bridge and was immediately detained by American Airlines employees and then placed into custody by Charlotte Mecklenburg police. The passengers spent 40 minutes on the plane and finally deplaned. American Airlines confirmed that all the passengers were rebooked on alternate flights.
— Brandon Goldner (@BrandonWCNC) July 2, 2021
Many other flights were also cancelled that day as extreme weather was reported through mid atlantic and the northeast. This incident affected many other flights as thousands of people were delayed.AA alone had over 1000 people delayed at Charlotte Douglas.