Woman arrested for trying to open cabin door of in-flight plane

Authorities say a woman is in custody after she attempted to open an aircraft door during a flight from San Francisco to Boise Idaho

Although the woman was restrained aboard SkyWest flight 5449, which was operating as United Express, the plane was not diverted.

Fellow travellers who witnessed the incident said the woman shouted "I am God" and "I want to die" as she attempted to open the cabin door.

"I could see her laying on the floor", Scott T. Smith, the passenger who was seated behind the women, told the Idaho Statesman.

According to SkyWest, the "unruly passenger" was questioned by law enforcement after the flight landed, but no arrests have been reported.

A United Express Flight 5449 that was travelling from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho was in strain when a woman passenger tried to open the aircraft cabin door mid-air.

Police and the FBI are investigating the incident and the woman is being held for a medical evaluation, officials say.

The passenger was detained by police once the plane arrived at its destination.


According to other passengers, the woman appeared nervous at first, but in no time, she started acting odd.

After the woman tried to step out of the plane, the flight staff was able to restrain her until the aircraft landed.

Cops will then decide whether or not to hand a file over to prosecutors indicating whether she should be charged with any crime.

Smith says the woman and her companion were traveling in the first-class section and appeared to be nervous about flying.

The FBI is also investigating the incident, added Williams.

"The unruly customer was held for questioning by law enforcement", the spokesman said.

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