Delta passenger ‘who suffers PTSD’ escapes down a plane’s slide with his companion and dog

Delta passenger ‘who suffers PTSD’ pops the escape slide of a plane on the tarmac and escapes with his support dog and companion in New York

  • Antonio Murdock, 31, and Brianna Greco, 23, both from Florida, were arrested after opening a cabin door and activating the slide
  • Incident took place on Delta Flight 462 from La Guardia Airport in New York to Atlanta Monday morning 
  • Murdock ignored the flight attendant’s instruction to stay seated and said he suffered from PTSD, a witness said 
  • Murdock allegedly forced open a cabin door and activated the emergency slide
  • The couple and their service dog went down the slide and escaped 
  • Murdock was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the third degree
  • Greco was charged with criminal trespass in the third degree

Two passengers escaped an airplane down a slide with their service dog before it took off after one said he was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Antonio Murdock, 31, and Brianna Greco, 23, both from Florida were arrested after opening a cabin door and activating the slide on Delta Flight 462 from La Guardia Airport in New York to Atlanta Monday morning.   

The couple changed seats several times before the flight began taxiing out to a runway and Murdock stood up and said he had PTSD, another passenger said.  

He ignored the flight attendant’s instruction to stay seated and the plane came to a grinding halt when he forced open the door and went down the emergency slide with their service dog.

A source told NY Daily News Murdock told cops his PTSD stems from a jail stint on robbery charges and was triggered by the confined space in the plane cabin.

Two passengers escaped a Delta airplane down a slide with their dog before it took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday after one said he was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pictured: A Delta plane sits on the tarmac at the airport

Two passengers escaped a Delta airplane down a slide with their dog before it took off from LaGuardia Airport in New York on Monday after one said he was suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Pictured: A Delta plane sits on the tarmac at the airport

The Port Authority Police Department said Murdock was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the third degree.  

Greco was charged with criminal trespass in the third degree.  

Speaking about the man and woman, witness Brian Plummer told the New York Times: ‘They seemed really nice.’

Plummer said he was sitting toward the back of the plane which wasn’t completely full when he saw the couple and a large service dog.

Plummer said he saw them change seats several times and the man said he would ‘freak out’ if he was forced to sit down at the start of the flight because of his PTSD.

‘If I sit down, I’ll freak out,’ the man said, according to Plummer.

The attendant told the man to sit down twice before he stood up and walked towards the front of the plane as it started to taxi out to a runway.

Plummer told the Times he felt the plane shudder to a halt – which he later learned was because the man had reportedly forced open the cabin door before making their escape. 

The couple have been put into custody. Remaining passengers were 'deplaned normally' at LaGuardia (pictured) and taken on alternate flights

The couple have been put into custody. Remaining passengers were ‘deplaned normally’ at LaGuardia (pictured) and taken on alternate flights

Flight 462 was scheduled to depart shortly before 10am but was returned to the gate.

Remaining passengers were ‘deplaned normally and were accommodated on alternate flights’, Delta said.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson Lenis Valens said: ‘This doesn’t happen every day at the airport.’

Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant told CNN: ‘Maintenance technicians have evaluated the aircraft and is scheduled to return to service this evening.’

The flight finally left LaGuardia at 7.17pm, more than nine hours late.

The service dog was taken to Brooklyn Animal shelter and a receipt was given to Greco to pick up the dog.  

Incidents of people opening the cabin doors are rare but not unheard of.

Back in 2010 at Kennedy International Airport, a JetBlue flight attendant activated an emergency slide and slid down it before throwing his tie on the ground and storming away after an apparent altercation with a passenger.  

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