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Man faces fine for trying to open aircraft door

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Aviation police arrested a man on Monday night after he allegedly tried to open a cabin door on EVA Air Flight BR-836 shortly after it took off from Macau bound for Kaohsiung International Airport.

The man, surnamed Tai (戴), got up from his seat about 30 minutes after takeoff and walked to one of the plane’s doors and appeared to be trying to open it, officials at the Aviation Police Bureau’s Kaohsiung branch said. He was quickly stopped by flight attendants and other passengers and he was returned to his seat, the officials said.

Tsai was taken to the Aviation Police Bureau office for questioning, where he reportedly told officers that he had taken some drugs in Macau and he had been craving drugs during the flight.

The bureau said Tai did not fight with or yell at the flight attendants, and he did not have any weapons.

He was required to provide a urine sample for testing, it said.

Given that Tai cooperated with bureau officials during questioning and he had not been violent on the plane, the bureau decided that he would be fined for violating the Civil Aviation Act (民用航空法), but his case would not be sent on to the Kaohsiung Prosecutors’ Office. He faces a fine of between NT$10,000 and NT$50,000 for failing to follow aircraft safety instructions.

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