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Unruly Passenger Attempts to Open Rear Door Inflight; Causes Emergency Landing

A man attempted to open the rear door of a Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines flight yesterday.

Sometime after the flight’s departure from New York, the man became unruly and attempted to leave the flight via the back door.

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From WFJA:

The crew initially tried to calm the man, then decided to divert to Minneapolis. Police arrested the man after the 737 landed in Minneapolis about 9:45 a.m. local time, KOMO reported.

The plane finally landed in Seattle just before 1 p.m. local time.

According to the article, there was no actual danger because the pressure on the door in air would prevent it from being opened.

The landing was a precaution since the man would not calm down.  I could not find any details on why he may have become unruly and whether alcohol was involved.

Speaking of opening the rear door of an airplane, over forty years ago, infamous hijacker D. B. Cooper went out the back stairs on a 727.  Since that incident,  Boeing has made it more difficult to open the back stairs on a 727 during flight, using a device now called the Cooper Vane. 

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