An airline passenger banned from flying for trying to open a plane door at 30,000ft claims he mistook it for the toilet and only touched the handle briefly.
James Gray was fined EUR 600 (AUD 955) after the incident on an Edinburgh to Amsterdam flight with Dutch carrier KLM, Britain’s Daily Telegraph has reported.
Gray continues to insist he only touched the handle after confusing it for the door to the toilet.
With airlines in Europe highly sensitive to bad behaviour in the skies (a passenger on a Jet2 flight bit another passenger’s ear off recently) tolerance is low. Gray was conveyed to a nearby detention centre for the night and fined EUR 600.
The flight ban bit when Gray tried to fly home. When he went to check in, KLM staff refused to let him board and told him he was banned from flying with them for five years.
“I tried to explain it was a simple mistake. It was a misunderstanding. The police came and arrested me. They weren’t too friendly,” he was quoted as saying.
KLM said only that a passenger had been handed over to authorities due to “his misbehaviour” aboard.
Written by Peter Needham