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Deputy Stops Passenger Trying To Open Emergency Exit Door In Mid-Air

KENNEWICK, Wash. - U.S. Airways is calling one Benton County Sheriffs Deputy a hero.

Airline representatives said Deputy Doug Stanley physically stopped a passenger who tried to open an emergency exit door in mid-air.

On June 12th, Stanley was on board Flight 78 from Phoenix to Seattle.  He said he could sense something unusual about a man near one of the emergency exit doors.  And said he started to imagine what would happen if the passenger opened the door.

"Anybody not seat buckled down goes out of the plane. I mean that's the kind of stuff I was thinking about. Especially once I became involved and I was out of my seat," Stanley said.    

Stanley grabbed the man by the hair and belt and pulled him away from the door.

To say thank you, U.S. Airways presented Stanley with a plaque and two vouchers for two free trips.

 

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