A disruptive passenger was dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight after she tried to open the emergency exit (pictured, left and right).
Due to differences in air pressure, experts say it's nearly impossible for a passenger to open the door of an aircraft during flight.
Returning from a holiday in California, Pamela Minchew from the Independent School District (ISD) police in Cleveland, saw the passenger attempting to open the door mid-flight, ISD police chief Rex Evans told the Houston Chronicle.
Henrietta Mokwuah said she witnessed a woman try to open an emergency exit while they flew thousands of feet in the air. Once she identified herself as an officer, passengers began to calm down.
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The plane landed without incident and local officers met the jet at the gate "and removed the disruptive passenger", Southwest said in the statement.
The flight was delayed more than five hours in Corpus Christi, landing about 11:30 a.m. before resuming the route to Houston about 5 p.m. and arriving at Hobby Airport one hour later. "She wrote "Help me" and her name on (beverage napkins)".
Kristy Gillentine, a former journalist and passenger on the flight, said her fellow passengers gave Minchew a warm welcome when she walked back on board the plane.
It is undersood the passenger was questioned by authorities but has not been formally charged.
Because the incident happened in the air, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.