Man Who Tried To Open Airplane Door Released

Authorities have released a man who tried to open an exterior door on an airplane while it was in flight with more than 100 people aboard.

**FILE** In this July 31, 2006 file photo, a United Airlines plane leaves San Francisco International Airport. United Airlines said Wednesday, June 4, 2008, that it's cutting up to 1,100 more jobs, removing 100 fuel-guzzling airplanes from its fleet and slashing domestic capacity as it tries to cope with spiraling fuel prices. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

Authorities have released a man who tried to open an exterior door on an airplane while it was in flight with more than 100 people aboard.

The United Airlines jetliner was en route from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas when it was diverted to Denver International Airport Saturday.

FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright says the man, whose name has not been released, tried opening one of the front doors of the airplane and may have tried to open the cockpit door before passengers restrained him.

Wright says the man was taken into custody, questioned and released for a medical evaluation after investigators determined the incident was not a "terrorism matter."

Wright says authorities will review the incident and decide what charges to file.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    "Insane"? What, do you live in the 18th century?
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 25, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    To No Fly for Him, I'll agree with you. He should not have the right to fly anymore for that act. I think there is more behind this issue. It would not surprise me if he is insane.
  • by No Fly For Him Location: Greenville on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:33 AM
    If anything, that guy should be BANNED from flying...the rest of his life. He's already proven he isn't trustworthy or smart enough to be on a plane. BAN him for life on airplanes. Anyone else agree?
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:02 AM
    I wouldn't be so quick to judge why it happened, since there are no details on that. He was released for medical evaluation for a reason. Illness does not equal stupidity. He may not have even understood where he was or what he was doing. The fact that something was overriding his sense that his actions would mean harm, even death, for himself and others says that there is more going on that we know about from this small amount of info.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 24, 2010 at 11:28 PM
    'Terrorism' is a term that gets thrown around a lot, especially since 9/11, often in varying degrees of contrast to what it actually means. Was this terrorism? To actually be terrorism, the intent had to be to spread terror. Opening a plane door is going to scare the people on the plane, but it won't depressurize as portrayed in Hollywood movies -- Mythbusters did a great job of disproving that special effect. I've seen '24' accurately portray opening the door on the plane -- skydiving videos show it as well. No, this was probably just stupidity. I'd be real curious as to why he did it, though. And they should release his name. There ought to be some consequence for this, at least some level of shame involved.
  • by sheesh! on Jan 24, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    terrorism or not, im sure it was terrifying! you cant scan for stupid when boarding a plane, unfortunately!
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