Man attempts to open plane door during flight to Pearson Airport in Mississauga


Published January 22, 2024 at 8:46 am

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There were some tense moments for passengers on a flight from London, England to Pearson Airport in Mississauga yesterday.

A man on flight AC855 travelling from London to Pearson attempted to open a door mid-flight, Peel Regional Police tell He was not able to open it.

Normally, airplane doors cannot be opened during a flight as at high altitudes the differences between the internal and external air pressure create a secure seal.

Air Canada did not immediately respond to a request for information but confirmed to other news outlets that there was an “incident involving a disruptive passenger” on a flight headed to Pearson from London.

Police said the man was restrained by Air Canada employees during the flight as part of their flight safety protocols.

The flight landed safely at Pearson shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday (Jan. 21), police said.

Once the flight was de-boarded, officers entered the aircraft to deal with the passenger in question, police said.

The passenger, an elderly man, “had been in a state of crisis and confusion and it does not appear that his actions were intentional,” police said.

No criminal charges were laid, and the man and his family have been connected with additional resources, police said.

Photo: Air Canada

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