UIA Bans Passenger For Walking On Wing To Cool Off

Filed Under: Ukraine

I guess it’s nice to see someone banned from an airline in 2020 for something other than not wearing a mask?

Video footage is going viral of what happened on an August 31 flight from Antalya to Kyiv. When Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight 6212 landed at Boryspil International Airport, one passenger was apparently quite warm.

As reported by The Sun, the woman, who was traveling with her two kids and husband, decided to open the emergency exit and walk onto the wing to “get some air,” as she felt the cabin was “too hot.” She strolled onto the wing for a moment, and then returned into the cabin.

As another passenger on the flight described the situation:

“She walked almost all the way from the tail to the emergency exit row, opened the door and went out. By that time her two children were outside the plane and standing right next to me. They were surprised, saying, ‘that’s our mum!'”

Police was called, and it was determined that the woman didn’t have any drugs or alcohol in her system, so that wasn’t the problem.

UIA has confirmed that the woman has been blacklisted from future flights:

“A passenger of flight PS6212 Antalya-Kyiv illegally opened the emergency exit of the plane after it stopped near gate 11 of terminal D and went on to its wing. The passenger was flying on a charter vacation with her husband and children. The chief pilot immediately summoned the aviation security, border service, police and medical centre of Boryspil Airport. The passenger was blacklisted for gross violation of aviation safety rules and behaviour on board.”

I think many of us could use a good airline related laugh, and this certainly provided that.

In fairness to the passenger, it’s not known whether she actually didn’t know better, or didn’t care. Obviously those of us into travel know that this completely crosses the line, though those who travel less frequently may not recognize that.

Travel has certainly become a lot more accessible over the years, but there will always be those who don’t understand what is and isn’t okay. For example, we still sometimes see cases of people throwing coins into airplane engines for good luck…

Comments
  1. No, I refuse to believe in 2020 that “those who travel less frequently might not know better.” I have a hard time believing this was her first time flying based on the description, and there is just no way that she didn’t know this is “frowned upon”, to put it mildly. This is a lack of common sense and I feel badly for her children.

  2. @Peter – For this particular woman, it might be the case that she knew it’s not Okay but just acted like an A-hole. But even in 2020, the majority of the world’s population has never taken a flight in their life.

  3. @polarbear

    IIRC, the flight attendants need to arm all doors, and that would include the emergency exits. It sort of looks like the plane was still at the gate, so it makes sense that they weren’t armed for the slides yet.

  4. @polarbear/TravelinWilly

    I’m pretty sure that’s a 737. The 737 doesn’t have overwing exit slides. During an evacuation, the flaps are supposed to be lowered at which point the back of the wing is low enough to the ground to simply slide down the wing.

  5. Is there anything special that must be done to securely close the exit other than simply pulling it back in place?

  6. Well if the cheap airline would run the air-conditioning people wouldn’t do such stupidity. Especially given the current health situation.

  7. “The passenger was flying on a charter vacation…”. Yeah, she’s just an a**hole who thought she could do what she pleased. Those doors say emergency on them. If you’ve never flown or don’t know the rules, you would see that and stop. Feeling hot is not an emergency and a sober, non-entitled person would know that.

  8. Considering that I still see people regularly getting held up at screening for having 8 gallons of liquid in their carry-ons after 3-1-1 has been preached for over a decade…. This really doesn’t surprise me much….

  9. No harm done,gave a lot of people some light relief from all the stress of life today in the world,no one hurt,threatened,or otherwise traumatised,give her 5 minutes on the naughty step and move on.Please

  10. This was out of the norm for sure, but the plane was stopped at the destination. People acting like she did something dangerous or caused anyone any kind of harm is crazy. I have had to sit on a runway for hours and it was so hot in there that I considered opening a door but we were waiting to take off so a very different story.

  11. @Wayne Harris Yes, the common sense of the people.

    I hope that because of this isolated incident they will not make the airline or airplane companies have to put locks and chains or a system that delays or complicates the prompt opening in an emergency.

  12. I don’t see the big deal, no harm no foul. Can think of plenty of times I’ve had to sit on the tarmac for multiple hours with no A/C while the crew works to “find a replacement part” and “install it”. Would have loved to take a nice jaunt on the wing.

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