Celebrity Michael Rapaport reportedly stopped a passenger who went for the emergency exit door.
Actor Michael Rapaport reportedly rushed to restrain a passenger who tried to open the emergency exit door on an American Airlines flight to LAX, sources reported.
The “Atypical” actor was on the Los Angeles-bound flight from Houston, Texas, on Saturday morning when an hour into the journey of a man seated in the economy class was focused on the use of the toilet in the business class.
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On his way to the toilet, the man tried to open the emergency exit door, according to sources.
Rapaport jumped out of his chair and ran in the direction of the man, Fox Sports director, Ted Kennedy tweeted. A few BIG3 basketball players who were also on the flight walked up and helped Rapaport restrict the passenger.
@MichaelRapaport just stopped a man on our plane of the opening of an emergency door. No joke. Mr. New York jump straight up and stopped it, no hesitation. Thanks Mike!!!
Ted Kenney (@TedKenney3D) June 23, 2018
American Airlines confirmed that the flight crew immediately responded to the incident and held the passenger. He was back to his seat, where he remained without incident for the remainder of the flight.
The man claimed that he tried to use the toilet and thought that was the door of the bathroom.
The man was questioned, as soon as the flight landed on by the authorities, who determined he was in the war and let him go. He was cleared to continue on his journey to Vietnam where he was visiting his mother who is reportedly ill.
A source close to the situation said that both the toilet door and the emergency exit door on the left, and the man was “really confused and made a mistake.” According to the source, the man spoke not so good English.
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American Airlines said in a statement to Fox News was proud of how the flight is handled the incident.
“We would like to thank the passengers and the crew for ensuring the safety of everyone on board.”
Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.