Asiana Airlines will no longer sell tickets for certain emergency exit seats.
Following a recent incident in which a man allegedly opened a jetliner door during a flight, Asiana Airlines will no longer sell tickets for certain emergency exit seats of its Airbus A321-200 aircraft.
The seats are number 26A on 174-seat A321s and number 31A on 195-seat models, the airline said in a statement. The seats are near the center of the plane, closest to the doors on the left-hand side of the single-aisle aircraft.
“This measure is a safety precaution and applies even if the flight is full,” the statement said. The corresponding seat on the right-hand side is where flight attendants sit for takeoff and landing.
On Friday afternoon, a passenger appeared to have open the emergency door of an Asiana Airlines plane just before it was about to land at Daegu airport in the southern part of South Korea, an airline official said.
Local police said the man had been arrested in connection with the incident. He told them he had been under a lot of stress after losing his job recently and had felt suffocated and wanted to get off the plane quickly, Yonhap news agency reported.