REPORT: Passenger detained after opening exit door, activating emergency slide minutes before takeoff

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A Delta Airlines passenger on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Saturday was arrested for allegedly opening an emergency exit door aboard the plane and causing the plane’s emergency slide to be activated prior to takeoff.

According to Los Angeles Airport Police, at approximately 10 a.m. EST., an unidentified passenger, wearing a striped red and navy blue sweater with black pants, rushed to the front of the plane while the plane was pushing away from the gate and asked the flight attendant, “what do I do now?”

Passengers told FOX 11 that the flight attendant insisted that the man sit down, but he ran from the Delta Air Lines flight attendant and went to the plane’s emergency exit doors, turned the latch, opened the door, and slid down the deployed emergency slide.

The plane was forced to stop.

According to passengers speaking to FOX 11, the man went on to hop on a baggage cart. Luggage workers were able to hold him down until LAX Police officers arrived and took control.

“He is being taken to a local hospital for a mental evaluation,” Sgt. Devin Feldman said.

“Airport Police responded and detained the passenger for further investigation. Due to the circumstances, FBI was notified,” Los Angeles Airport Police said in a statement, according to Fox News.

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