Passenger detained after sliding down plane's emergency chute at Newark Airport

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Monday, February 26, 2018
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A man was detained after sliding down a plane's emergency chute at Newark Airport.

NEWARK, New Jersey -- A passenger on United Airlines flight out of Newark Airport apparently didn't want to wait aboard a delayed flight one minute longer.

Port Authority police say Troy Fattun, 25, of Micronesia opened the emergency exit and slid down the inflated chute.

It happened Sunday night at around 10 p.m. Police say they responded to the report of a disorderly passenger aboard United Flight 1640 bound for Tampa, Florida.

Fattun, a U.S. national, was immediately detained upon landing on the ground and charges against him are pending.

As a result, the flight and all aboard were delayed. The flight finally departed at 12:09 a.m. and arrived in Tampa at 2:51 a.m.

United Airlines released a statement:

"While Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport, a passenger opened the emergency exit door and departed the aircraft using the slide. Following an aircraft swap, the flight departed for Tampa at 12:09 a.m. local time."