The Southwest pilot is seen crawling through the plane’s window after being locked outside the cockpit
Hilarious moment a Southwest pilot is seen crawling through the plane’s window after being locked outside of the cockpit before takeoff
- The flight from San Diego to Sacramento was temporarily delayed after a previous passenger accidentally locked the plane
- Passengers were confused, and some admitted they didn’t even know the windows even opened
An unfortunate pilot was filmed dishonestly entering the cockpit after being locked out of his plane.
The Southwest Airlines pilot was reportedly kicked off the plane after the last passenger, who had disembarked on the previous flight, inadvertently closed the door behind him with no one else on board.
Matt Rexroad, who posted the hilarious image on Twitter, wrote on the website, “No kidding… yesterday the last passenger got off the plane with no one else on board and shut the door.”
‘Door locked. “The pilot has to crawl through the cockpit window to open the door so we can board.”
The picture shows the suit-wearing pilot climbing through the right-hand window and sliding in with the legs of a yellow-clad ground man.
“Well that’s definitely something you don’t see every day,” the airline commented
In response to a comment on his post, Rexroad explained, “The guy in the security jacket basically opened the window with a skinny Jim.”
Southwest Airlines also commented on the post, saying, “Well, you definitely don’t see that every day,” and thanked the passenger for sharing the unique experience.
“Customer safety is our top priority and we are delighted that our people on the ground and in the air were able to innovate during a difficult situation, allowing us all to travel as planned,” they added.
Some on Twitter were shocked by the image, with one user commenting, “I had no idea the cockpit windows even opened.”
While another saw the funny side, joking that the pilot “Didn’t you try a hanger first?”
Rexroad later told CBS News that he traveled from San Diego to Sacramento on Wednesday after visiting his daughter.
“It’s certainly something you don’t see every day and I fly a lot of miles and I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
While waiting at his gate, the flight agent said over the loudspeaker: “Someone who was on board the incoming flight was the last one to get off the plane and shut the door and it’s locked.”
They explained that there would be a delay before someone unlocked the door from the inside. “This pilot, to his credit, crawled through the cockpit window and opened the door,” Rexroad said.
Adding: “From my point of view, the pilot and the team deserve credit for making this possible.”
A similar incident happened on an American Airlines plane that was posted on TikTok last year
In a statement, Southwest Airlines said: “During the boarding process, a customer opened the front lavatory door and accidentally pushed the flight deck door shut (which locked) while the pilots assigned to operate the flight were preparing to board the aircraft. ”
“One of our pilots unlocked the door from a flight deck window and the flight took off as planned.”
A similar incident occurred when an American Airlines pilot was filmed climbing through his cockpit window.
The video, posted on TikTok, was captioned: “When your flight is delayed because your pilot locked himself out of the cockpit.”