British Airways passenger attempts to open emergency door during panic attack, is calmed by boxer's entourage


A man suffering a panic attack aboard a British Airways flight to Saudi Arabia needed to be calmed by the cabin crew and fellow passengers — which included a heavyweight’s entourage — after attempting to open a cabin door in midair.

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The passenger, who was not identified, had reportedly left his seat about an hour before landing in Riyadh on Monday, screaming “I want to get out” and attempting to yank on the lever of a cabin door near the rear of the aircraft, The Guardian reported.

The man’s activity sparked concern among fellow passengers, including the brother of British boxer Dillan Whyte, who was en route from London to Riyadh ahead of Dillan’s undercard fight at the Diriyah Arena on Saturday. A cabin crew member, as well as other members of Dillan’s entourage, responded as well.

“It was like something out of a movie,” Dillan’s brother, Dean Whyte, told the Guardian. “When I got there, he was shouting ‘I want to get out’ in broken English. I managed to grab him and was preparing to slam him hard if necessary but myself and the steward could see he wasn’t quite right in the head so I held him and tried to calm him down. Eventually, it worked.”


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