Man Goes To Jail After Mistaking The Plane's Exit Door For The Bathroom

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A man was banned from an airline after he mistook the plane's exit door for the bathroom door and allegedly tried to open it mid-flight.

According to The Telegraph, Scotland's James Gray was on a KLM flight from Edinburgh, Scotland to Amsterdam, Netherlands when he made an error that ruined his vacation.

Airline staff claimed Gray tried to open the door of the plane at 30,000 feet in the air, but Gray said he merely touched the door's handle.

He was taken to a detention center immediately after the plane landed.

Gray reportedly said,

The crew told me to stay in my seat and I was to be arrested when the plane landed. I tried to explain it was a simple mistake. It was a misunderstanding. The police came and arrested me. They weren't too friendly.

After spending the night at the detention center, Gray was fined about $675. He had just about $843 on him, however, so he had to borrow money to sustain himself for the trip.

Gray discovered the extent of his punishment when he tried to fly home on another KLM flight.

Airline staff denied him entry onto the plane because he was apparently banned from using the airline for five years. Gray could only return to Scotland after a friend bought him a ticket with a different airline.

Contrary to what KLM crew members said they saw, Gray said he would never deliberately open the door of a plane. He reportedly explained,

I [realize] the danger of that sort of thing.

Citations: Passenger who tried to open plane door at 30,000ft 'thought it was a toilet' (The Telegraph)