Scottish man 'tries to open door' at 30,000ft on KLM flight to Amsterdam while looking for toilet

Passenger insists he would never try to open the door at 30,000ft

Adam Withnall
Sunday 27 September 2015 17:46
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KLM Aircrafts are pictured at the Schiphol airport
KLM Aircrafts are pictured at the Schiphol airport

A Scottish man has been arrested on a flight to Amsterdam after “trying to open the door” at 30,000ft – apparently because he mistook it for the toilet.

James Gray was reportedly banned from flying again with the KLM airline for five years, and fined €600 (£434) by Dutch police.

According to Scotland’s Sunday Post, Mr Gray claims he only touched the handle of the door before he was confronted by KLM crew, who accused him of trying to open it and said police would be informed.

KLM told the newspaper a passenger had been handed over to the authorities due to “misbehaviour” on-board, but provided no further details.

Mr Gray was reportedly led away from the plane in handcuffs and had to spend the night in a cell, despite “trying to explain it was a simple mistake”.

The passenger told the Post he would never dream of opening the door of a plane at altitude, and said he “realise[d] the danger of that sort of thing”. He was forced to use a different airline for his return journey to Edinburgh.

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