breaking news

Transgender military policy hasn’t changed, Joint Chiefs says

Woman opens emergency exit door, jumps out of plane


A woman who flew to Houston from New Orleans didn't follow disembarkation instructions, but rather took matters into her own hands.

The unidentified woman opened an emergency exit door and jumped out of a plane as it was taxiing down the runway at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The plane was headed toward its gate, airline spokeswoman Maddie King, said.

>> Read more trending stories  

Hampton Friedman, a passenger who was sitting across the aisle from the woman, captured a photo that showed the open door. 

"I realized when the door popped open, and a woman stepped out of it," he told CNN. Cathy Cole, another passenger, said the woman took off running toward the terminal.

"Somebody on the plane said, 'We have a runner,' and they kept repeating it," Cole told KHOU. "I was traveling with my sister, and she looked out the window, and she saw a woman on the tarmac running toward the terminal."

Another witness told KHOU that the woman didn't say anything before opening the door and jumping about 15 feet to the ground.

Flight passengers waited on the plane for over an hour while police boarded and searched the aircraft. 

"They kept telling us to wait, stay in our seats, stay seated," Cole told KHOU. "The captain came on air and said, you know, the police will be boarding the plane. They came on the plane with their dog."

According to KHOU, the woman was not charged and prosecutors said she is undergoing psychological tests.

"I've flown all over the world, and I've been on lots of really long flights, and I've never experienced anything like this," Cole said. "I have no earthly idea why she would want to do that."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Child with double hand transplant can play baseball now
Child with double hand transplant can play baseball now

He underwent amazing surgery, all to have a normal life. Now a 10-year-old little boy is beating the odds after he had both of his hands replaced. Zion Harvey was only 8 years old when he became the youngest child to have a double hand transplant, NBC News reported in 2015. >> Read more trending news  Zion lost his arms and legs after...
Dying Brands: 10 classic food products your kids may never see 
Dying Brands: 10 classic food products your kids may never see 

As trends in shopping move away from big brands and toward healthier, organic products, several classics could soon be gone for good.  Money reported this week that several American pantry staples are in danger as other labels — such as 365 Value from Whole Foods, Kirkland at Costco and Great Value at Wal-Mart — gain...
NEW: Woman finds rocks, dirty towels in vacuum box, claims racial profiling
NEW: Woman finds rocks, dirty towels in vacuum box, claims racial profiling

A Texas woman made an odd discovery when she opened a box she thought contained a vacuum she had bought from Target on Sunday. Annie Banerjee, a Texas lawyer born in India, spent $300 on Dyson vacuum from Target, but opened the box to find rocks, a can of bean-less chili and dirty white towels, according to the Houston Chronicle. When Banerjee...
Coca-Cola  replacing Coke Zero with new beverage
Coca-Cola replacing Coke Zero with new beverage

Addicted to Coke Zero? You might want to make sure you get your fill of the fizzy low-calorie soft drink before it goes away. Coca-Cola announced plans Wednesday to phase out the beverage in the United States in the coming months.  But Coca-Cola won’t leave Coke Zero lovers high and dry.  The company plans to introduce Coca-Cola...
Fire Ball rides closed in California after deadly Ohio State Fair accident
Fire Ball rides closed in California after deadly Ohio State Fair accident

Officials in California shut down Fire Ball rides at a trio of state fairs and attractions after a similar ride in Ohio malfunctioned Wednesday, killing one man and injuring several others. The swinging, spinning Fire Ball amusement park ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday, the opening day of the fair. Dramatic video...
More Stories