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Death Penalty for Opening an Emergency Door?

People do dumb things. Here’s the latest:

A Canadian man has been arrested in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai after he allegedly opened the door on a commercial plane and triggered the evacuation slide prior to takeoff (read full story here).

The article goes on to say that he faces the following penalty: If found guilty he could face the death penalty, imprisonment of up to 20 years, and/or a 600,000-800,000 baht ($16,700-$22,300) fine.

I’m going to guess that he gets fined and banned from returning to Thailand.

I’ve done some dumb things when I’ve traveled (see TPOL’s Travel Lessons), but I have yet to be arrested. How about you? What’s the dumbest thing you have done? So I, like my readers do to me when I share such stories, can call you stupid too.

a glass of champagne on a table in a plane
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.


  1. Fined? Thailand has a much smaller % of their population imprisoned than we do…but when you are caught…I am sure the system will be more complex then a simple fine. He will be enjoying some prison time.

  2. Yeah in Thailand he’s gonna do some hard time.

    As for me: dumbest thing thus far was leaving my cell phone in a rental car returned at LAX.

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