Plane passenger accidentally opens emergency exit instead of toilet door

A UK plane passenger caused severe delays after accidentally opening the emergency exit door instead of the toilet door.

The woman was on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight waiting to take off from the UK to Pakistan at Manchester Airport when she ignored the seatbelt signs to go to the bathroom.

But in a terrible mistake, she opened the rear exit on the left-hand side of the plane instead of the toilet on the right, causing an evacuation slide to deploy, The Independent reports.

Her botch-up resulted in a seven-hour delay as everyone was forced to disembark. Because the plane's evacuation capacity was reduced, dozens of passengers were forced to stay behind.

"A passenger erroneously opened the emergency door causing the emergency slide to activate," PIA tweeted.

"We strongly urge passengers to follow security instructions as such mishaps result in inconvenience of hundreds of other passengers."

To make things worse, some of the disembarked passengers say their baggage was left behind in Manchester, leading to multiple complaints.

"Pathetic service from PIA. I am one of the 38 passengers who voluntarily offloaded from PK702 so it can fly to Islamabad only on the condition that all 38 of us will get our luggage," one tweeted.

"First you did not give it to us in Manchester. Then when we reached here today we were told half of our luggage is still at Manchester airport. A lot of us don't even have clothes to wear here."

PIA's chief executive has ordered an inquiry into the incident, The Independent reports.