A daring Southwest Airways pilot was pictured climbing by the cockpit window to unlock the airplane door after it was by accident slammed shut by a earlier passenger.
The unidentified pilot is seen within the picture, captured by passenger Max Rexroad and shared on social media, crawling by the small, sq. window from atop a flight of cellular boarding stairs.
The incident occurred Wednesday at San Diego Worldwide Airport and concerned a Southwest Airways flight sure for Sacramento.
“No joke… yesterday final passenger obtained off airplane with nobody else on board, he shut the door. Door locked. Pilot having to crawl by cockpit window to open door so we are able to board,” Rexroad wrote alongside the picture.
Passengers had been warned by the gate workers that their flight could be delayed and that somebody must unlock the airplane from the within of the cockpit, the passenger instructed CBS Sacramento.
A Southwest consultant responded to Rexroad’s tweet, quipping: “Properly that’s positively one thing you don’t see day by day.”
Rexroad, who’s a frequent flier, needed to agree, telling CBS that it was a primary for him.
“It’s definitely one thing you don’t see day by day,” Rexroad stated. “I’ve by no means seen something like that.”
Southwest Airways confirmed the incident in a press release to The Publish.
“In the course of the boarding course of, a Buyer opened the ahead toilet door and inadvertently pushed the Flight Deck door closed (which locked) whereas the Pilots scheduled to function the flight had been getting ready to board the plane,” the assertion reads.
“Considered one of our Pilots unlocked the door from a Flight Deck window, and the flight departed as scheduled.”
In the end, the flight’s takeoff was delayed by solely eight minutes.
“From my viewpoint, credit score [goes] to the pilot and the crew for having the ability to make that occur,” Rexroad stated.