On May 28, South Korean Asiana Airlines said that it would stop selling tickets for emergency exit seats on its Airbus A321-200 passenger aircraft from now on. Two days earlier, when a passenger plane of this type of Asiana Airlines was preparing to land, a passenger suddenly opened the cabin door, causing many people to have difficulty breathing.
According to News Agency, Asiana Airlines currently has 14 Airbus A321-200 passenger planes, 11 of which can carry 174 passengers, and the other 3 can carry 195 passengers. The passenger involved was on a 195-seat aircraft and sat in seat 31A.
According to the new regulations of Asiana Airlines, in order to ensure flight safety, the 26A seat of the above-mentioned 174-seat model and the 31A seat of the 195-seat model will no longer sell tickets, even if the flight is full.
On the 26th of this month, an Asiana Airlines passenger plane flew from Jeju, South Korea to Daegu. When it was about 213 meters above the ground before landing, a man sitting in seat 31A opened the door, and strong winds poured into the cabin. The passenger plane finally landed safely, no passengers on board were seriously injured, but nine passengers were taken to hospital due to breathing difficulties. The South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said the man had been detained by police on suspicion of violating aviation safety laws.
Police said the man was under investigation and said he was under a lot of stress after losing his job recently. He opened the door because he felt suffocated and wanted to get off the plane as soon as possible.
According to South Korea’s aviation security law, unauthorized opening of the aircraft door or emergency exit may face up to 10 years in prison.