Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Held after Opening Emergency Exit on Plane

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Man Held after Opening Emergency Exit on Plane

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A passenger on a flight at Newark Airport was arrested late Sunday night after he opened the emergency exit and activated the emergency chute.

Port Authority police responded to the scene around 10 p.m. after they received a report that a passenger was being disorderly, said Joe Pentangelo, senior police public information officer.

United Flight 1640 was bound for Tampa, Florida, and was at Terminal C, Gate 105, when Troy Fattun, 25, who lives in Micronesia and is a U.S. national, opened the exit and deployed the chute, Pentangelo said.

Fattun was found about 50 feet away from the plane, walking toward the active runway, said Pentangelo. Before using the chute, Fattun believed there was a discrepancy with his ticket and approached flight attendants during the pre-flight checks. …

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