A United Airlines flight attendant may have cost the company upwards of $30,000 after an incident was reported following a routine flight on Monday.
The employee, who has been suspended by United Airlines, intentionally deployed an emergency slide after a Boeing 737 came to a stop in Houston, Texas.
The incident occurred about noon as United Flight 1246 pulled into the gate from Sacramento, California.
A yet-to-be-named member of the cabin crew deliberately opened the right front door of the jet, deployed the emergency-evacuation chute, and jumped out of the aircraft.
There was a medical situation reported on the flight, but United Airlines says that incident had nothing to do with the emergency slide being deployed.
Flight operations at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport were not delayed because of the emergency slide.
Simply repacking an emergency slide on a 737 can cost between $6,000 and $12,000. If the slide was damaged in any way then repairing and repacking a damaged product could run as high as $30,000.
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) April 4, 2016