KIEV (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An airline has banned a woman from future flights after she opened a plane's emergency exit and climbed onto its wing on Aug 31.
The woman stepped onto the wing when the aircraft landed in Kiev, Ukraine, complaining that she was feeling "too hot". The woman flew from Antalya, Turkey, with her husband and two children, The Sun newspaper reported on Tuesday (Sept 1).
An Instagram page (@boryspilchany) dedicated to the Ukrainian city Boryspil later posted a video of the woman on the wing.
The video shows her re-entering the plane through the emergency exit while airport staff appear to talk to her from the ground.
A fellow passenger said that almost everyone had disembarked from the aircraft when she stepped onto the wing, the Evening Standard reported.
"She walked almost all the way from the tail to the emergency exit row, opened the door and went out, " the passenger said.
Her two children had already deplaned when they saw her on the wing.
Upon seeing the woman, the pilot called for an ambulance, police and border guards. According to the report, the woman had already returned to safety inside the plane when they arrived.
The authorities later confirmed that she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs after running a test on her.
Following the incident, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) blacklisted and banned her from future flights with them. They stressed in a statement that she had "illegally opened the emergency exit" of the aircraft.
"The passenger was blacklisted for gross violation of aviation safety rules and behaviour on board, " it explained.
UIA pointed out that police and doctors failed to get "an adequate response" for the breach. It also described her action as "dubious" and accused her of setting a poor "parental example".
Along with banning her from future flights, the airline has also demanded that the woman be fined with an "exceptionally high financial penalty".