According to The Associated Press, witnesses claimed the teenager was in emotional distress during Copa Airlines Flight 208 from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco when it landed in California Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES | A 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday after opening the door of an emergency evacuation of an airplane and jumped on the track just after landing in San Francisco, indicated to the AFP a spokesman of the airport. Yakel said the teen is a USA citizen and was traveling alone.
It's unclear what charges, if any, the teen might face.
Passengers of a Copa Airlines flight say a teenage boy who opened an emergency door and jumped to a tarmac was very quick and that people sitting next to him didn't have time to stop him. Passengers also said the teen looked "fidgety" and "anxious".
Copa Airlines said in a statement that emergency exits over wings are meant to be opened by passengers at lower altitudes to allow evacuations in emergencies. Other passengers said he seemed anxious and fidgety during the flight and that he acted very quickly, making it hard for anyone to stop him.
Yakel said the teen was not injured and air traffic was not affected. The teenager was arrested and is in police custody.
The incident occurred at the airport in San Francisco.
In 2014, a passenger on a China Eastern Airlines plane said he wanted to "get off the plane quicker" and deployed the emergency slide after the plane landed at Sanya Phoenix International Airport.