Some guy allegedly tried to open a cabin door during a flight to Minneapolis

Video shows him getting booted off the plane to Minneapolis.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

It's physically impossible to open a cabin door while a plane is in flight. But that doesn't stop people from trying to do it.

Last year, an Alaska Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing in Minneapolis because a passenger tried (unsuccessfully) to open a door. There was another emergency landing this June when a woman pulled the same stunt on a Southwest flight. And just last month, a Delta flight attendant hit a 23-year-old man over the head with a wine bottle because he was trying to open an exit door on a flight to Beijing.

Now a new video has surfaced this weekend that claims to show a man being booted from a flight to Minneapolis for the same behavior.

"This guy tried to open the door on our flight to Minneapolis from LAX 8/19/17 American Airlines," the video's description says.

The clip shows multiple officers removing a man who cooperates calmly. A few people are seen recording the incident on their cell phones.

GoMN reached out to the Minneapolis airport and American Airlines for details on what happened. We'll update this post when we hear back.

A spokesman for the airport confirmed to City Pages that an incident occurred on a Los Angeles to Minneapolis flight, and said the incident is under investigation by the local FBI office. The man was not identified.

Why it's not possible

There's a pretty simple explanation for why you can't open any cabin door while an airplane is in flight: science.

National Geographic explains that it goes against the laws of physics. Airplanes have pressurized cabins – the inside is at a higher pressure than the outside, forcing the door outward against the seal.

In order to open the door, you have to pull it inward. And because of the difference in air pressure, no human would have the strength to do that – it would be like trying to pull about a thousand pounds.

What about D.B. Cooper (the guy who famously hijacked a plane in the early 1970s, and escaped by jumping out with a parachute), you might ask?

NatGeo says Cooper had the pilot depressurize the plane. 

And since that time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that manufacturers disable the doors at the back of airplanes. (The back door is the one Cooper used – jumping from a side door would probably mean hitting the plane's wing or engine.)

They have a "D.B. Cooper Switch" that disables or locks those doors when the landing gear is up, the magazine says.

Next Up

ambulance, crash

Baby dies, 5 injured when SUV flips over fence onto I-94 in Brooklyn Center

Alcohol was detected on the driver, according to the State Patrol.

minneapolis police

Police say officers were shot at in north Minneapolis

Officers were checking into a suspicious activity report when gunfire erupted.

5266815680_05d882aa85_h

Walmart to mandate COVID vaccine for some managers, corporate employees

The company will also reinstate mask mandates for employees in high-transmission areas.

Minneapolis police

Driver plows into crowd after downtown Minneapolis brawl

Two suspects have reportedly been identified.

Jorge Alcala

Rare night for Twins' bullpen fuels victory over Cardinals

The Twins scored five runs in the third inning in an 8-1 victory.

Bisi Johnson

Report: Bisi Johnson tears ACL, will miss 2021 season

Johnson suffered the injury during Friday's practice.

Mike Zimmer

Frustrated Zimmer sounds off after Vikings' positive COVID test

"I’m frustrated, not just with my football players who didn’t get vaccinated, but I’m frustrated with everybody [who didn't]."

Kirk Cousins

Report: Kellen Mond has COVID, Cousins among players out of practice

The team is scheduled to practice on Saturday night.

USPS packages

Two Ramsey County men sentenced in mail theft scheme

Sonny Vang Xiong was sentenced to three years in prison, while Davis Her was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Jeff Gladney

Jeff Gladney's ex-girlfriend files $1 million civil lawsuit

The civil lawsuit accuses Gladney of assaulting the woman for over two hours.

Related

Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 9.30.10 AM

Smell of smoke in cabin prompts emergency landing in St. Cloud

The plane made an emergency landing around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Look at all the stuff MSP Airport has planned to keep you entertained during this busy MEA week

But look at all the special activities they'll have to keep you entertained and distracted.

airplane seats

Flight diverted after passenger snorts substance, refuses to wear mask

The passenger was removed from the plane at MSP and detained.

Update: YouTuber kicked off Delta flight responds, says this wasn't just some prank

Delta says the YouTuber, Adam Saleh, was shouting on the plane.

Video shows Minneapolis cop shoot dogs during burglary call

The Minneapolis Police Department says it's investigating.

A 3-year-old boy was killed crossing the street in Minneapolis

Police say he was getting dropped off on 17th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Video: Meet the guy who's decorating Minneapolis with tiny mouse doors

He goes by Mows – which is pronounced like "mouse."