One passenger ruined them all: following the incident published in Walla! Tourism Last week, when a passenger opened the plane's emergency door while still in the air as it lowered to land, South Korean airline Asiana Airlines announced that it would ban the sale of seats in the rows of emergency exits (seats 31A and 26A) on all 14 of its Airbus A321ceo aircraft.
"As a precautionary measure, this will apply even if it is a fully booked flight," airline officials said. "However, sales of seats next to the emergency door of other aircraft models that do not have this type of problem will continue as normal." This quote did not clearly describe the problem in question.
Other airlines are also joining
Aerotime reports that Air Seoul, a subsidiary of Asiana Airlines, will implement the same policy. However, Air Busan, another subsidiary, is still considering whether to implement these rules. Other South Korean carriers, including the two low-cost carriers Jin Air and Air Premia, are also exploring their options for selling seats near the Airbus A321's emergency exits. It should be noted that this is an aircraft used by many airlines around the world, as well as in Israel.
Asiana will ban the sale of seats at the emergency exit. Opening the plane door, last week (Photo: screenshot, Twitter)
"The passenger felt suffocated and lost control"
The incident occurred on May 26, when an Asiana Airlines Airbus A321 made a domestic flight from Jeju Island to the city of Daegu. Shortly before landing, one of the passengers opened the left emergency exit door, causing some passengers breathing difficulties and some requiring medical attention. On Sunday, a state court issued an arrest warrant for the passenger for violating aviation laws, compromising the security of the plane and its passengers. The maximum penalty imposed for such an offense is imprisonment of ten years. Sources involved in the squeak said that the passenger was very stressed after losing his job and that during the flight he felt suffocated, which caused him to lose control and open the emergency door.
The plane on which the incident occurred is still grounded, apparently for further testing.
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