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.
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.READ MORE: Nearly 200 People To Be Released From Rikers Friday After Gov. Hochul Signs 'Less Is More Act,' Calls N.Y.'s Incarceration Rate 'A Point Of Shame'
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.READ MORE: Dozens Protest For Climate Change Awareness Before UN General Assembly
The incident caused the flight to be delayed for about five hours. Passengers were eventually put on another plane.
No injuries were reported.MORE NEWS: Body Cam Video Shows Aftermath Of Argument Between Gabby Petito, Fiancé Weeks Before Her Last Call To Family
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.