- The Washington Times - Monday, March 30, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City prosecutors have filed criminal charges against an air traveler they say got fed up waiting on the tarmac at Kennedy Airport and tried to open a jet door and get out.

Authorities say 60-year-old Robert McDonald faces reckless endangerment charges for opening an emergency exit hatch as the plane waited out an hours-long delay. They say flight attendants stopped him from fully opening the door and activating the emergency chute.

Prosecutors say the problem happened Sunday night aboard a Delta Air Lines flight waiting to go to Las Vegas.

McDonald was arrested by airport police. He didn’t enter a plea at his arraignment Monday.

He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.



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