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Aircraft passenger confuses toilet with emergency exit

Sometimes you just gotta go!

Passengers were forced to evacuate a Pakistan International Airlines plane at Manchester Airport after a woman opened one of the emergency exits, mistaking it for the door to the washroom, the U.K. Sun reports.

While the plane was still parked on the runway, the mix-up casued panic and confusion when the emergency exit chute automatically deployed triggering safety and evacuation protocols.

As the aircraft no longer had an emergency chute, the airline had to reduce the number of people onboard. The plane took off for Islamabad seven hours with 38 fewer passengers.

An investigation found the plane’s emergency chute also deployed by mistake a day earlier because of a lack of staff, The Express Tribune reported.

A spokesperson from the airline told The Express Tribune there was no danger because the plane was still parked on the ground.

Passengers of the plane forced to stay behind took to Twitter to voice their anger with the airline, with one Twitter user calling the service “pathetic.”

@Official_PIA pathetic service from pia. I am one of the 38 passengers who voluntarily off loaded from PK702 so it can fly to islamabad only on the condition that all 38 of us will get our luggage. First you did not give it to us in Manchester that it's going to take time 1/n

— Sleeping beauty (@WaterLileee) June 9, 2019

Our mistake was to get off loaded. If we had not off loaded there was no way this plane was going to fly.
Nobody at airport telling us what happened to our luggage. After 3.5 hrs of frantic searching we get to know it wasn't even brought in the first place.

— Sleeping beauty (@WaterLileee) June 9, 2019

Cities. Some people have come on a very short visit. And now you expect us to even come to islamabad again to pick up our luggage that God knows when and how it will come.
We need answers. We have suffered enough!

— Sleeping beauty (@WaterLileee) June 9, 2019

The airline responded on Twitter by strongly urging “passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.”

We regret the delay of PK771, which is an unfortunate consequence of the delay of PK702, caused due to a passenger opening the emergency door. We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers.

— PIA (@Official_PIA) June 8, 2019

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