Woman opens emergency exit door on plane thinking it's toilet

A Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft takes off from Karachi airport

Female passenger mistakes exit door for toilet on PIA flight

A passenger on a UK-Pakistan flight at Manchester Airport caused severe delays after opening the emergency exit door in an attempt to reach the bathroom while the plane was still on the ground. The airline and Manchester airport confirmed the details of the incident.

Pakistan International Airlines flight 702 was about to depart for Islamabad Friday night when the woman opened the rear exit, causing an evacuation slide to deploy, according to the airline's statement, reported in Gulf News.

Authorities say 37 passengers offloaded, flight delayed for seven hours following the incident.

Earlier on June 7, passengers aboard PIA flight PK 853 from Islamabad to Karachi were outraged when they were served stale bread and under-cooked chicken at Sehri time.

The woman got up from her seat - defying the seat belt signs, which were on - and she opened the emergency exit mistaking it for the bathroom door. Several other departures from Manchester were also delayed as a result of the disruption.

Because the aircraft's evacuation capacity was reduced after losing the slide, some passengers had to stay behind and take a later flight.

A PIA spokesman said: "All passengers were provided dinner".

One passenger, tweeting as Sleeping Beauty, wrote after arriving in Islamabad on another flight: "Pathetic service from pia".

He said that the offloaded passengers were provided transportation and hotel accommodation.

"First you did not give it to us in Manchester".

The spokesperson said that PIA chief executive Air Marshal Arshad Malik had ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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