NEWARK (CBSNewYork) — A passenger was arrested after police say he used an emergency exit and slide to leave a plane he had just boarded while the aircraft was still parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Troy Fattun is accused of using an emergency exit slide to leave a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport on Feb. 25, 2018. (credit: Port Authority Police)

Port Authority police say 25-year-old Troy Fattun of Micronesia is facing charges in connection with incident, which happened Sunday night on United flight 1640, which was supposed to be heading from Newark to Tampa, Florida.

Police say that Fattun had a discussion with the airline crew and then went to the back of the plane as other passengers were boarding, opened the emergency exit door, deployed the emergency slide and then went down it, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.

Investigators say he was immediately detained by airline personnel as well as Port Authority police and arrested soon after. They say that he did have a ticket for the flight.

The incident caused the flight to be delayed for about five hours. Passengers were eventually put on another plane.

No injuries were reported.

Fattun is being held at Essex County jail. Charges are pending, according to the Port Authority Police. So far there’s no word on why he allegedly did it.

Comments (18)
  1. Bob Johnson says:

    And United is more focused on the NRA.

  2. David Moore says:

    Ufa whatevah! I’m getting off this dammed thing!

  3. A man will do a crazy thing, when that pre-taxi hotline bling.

  4. Jude Lowe says:

    “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  5. Brent Taylor says:

    Knowing United, the service was so rotten, the man had enough. I wouldn’t get on a United Flight if somebody gave me the ticket.

  6. That’s going to be me if I have to sit on the tarmac for twelve hours; no doubt.

  7. Mark Garrity says:

    The article indicates he is from Micronesia. Micronesia is a possession of the United States just like Puerto Rico. This makes him a citizen or US National.

    1. Jennie Ivy says:

      I think you are confusing Micronesia with the Marshall Islands.

  8. He was probably tripping on Areca nuts.

  9. $5 says he had a panic attack. Almost did that myself a long time ago.

  10. Dry run for something at altitude???

    1. At altitude it is impossible to open the doors, the pressurization prevents it.

  11. Who, in their right mind, would surrender essential liberties in exchange for a seat in an AIRPLANE?
    What is WRONG with you people?

  12. Dan Roth says:

    What kind of charges, please!

  13. Tom Ronson says:

    Fine him thousands of dollars for the delay and then deport this worthless piece of trash.

    1. Do you actually know if he LIVES here or was he visiting? Or in your sheer ignorance you just assume he’s an illegal? The country would benefit more from YOUR deportation.

      1. “Do you actually know if he LIVES here or was he visiting?” Just living here doesn’t make you a citizen. Unless you go by the California rule set.

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