A disturbing incident unfolded at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Sunday when a Southwest Airlines passenger abruptly opened the emergency exit hatch and exited onto the plane's wing, leading to a temporary shutdown of operations.

According to officials from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the bizarre occurrence took place while the aircraft was stationed at the skyway and not in motion. The individual's motive for opening the emergency exit remains unclear, causing a ripple of confusion and concern among passengers and airport staff.

NBC News reported that authorities swiftly intervened, apprehending the passenger on the tarmac before transferring them to a local hospital for evaluation. The nature of the hospitalization remains undisclosed, leaving many questions unanswered about the individual's mental state or any underlying factors contributing to the incident.

Efforts to gather additional details from the sheriff's office by NBC News were made but have yet to yield further information regarding the distressing episode.

Despite the disruptive event, no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the incident. The investigation has been handed over to federal authorities, signaling a potentially serious breach of aviation protocols.

Acknowledging the inconvenience caused to passengers, Southwest Airlines confirmed the incident and praised their flight and ground crews for their swift response. The airline apologized to customers affected by the delay caused by the unsettling episode. Subsequently, the flight to Atlanta, which was briefly delayed, resumed its journey to Baltimore without further disturbances.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport verified the unauthorized deplaning incident involving a Southwest Airlines passenger but refrained from making additional comments, deferring to the ongoing investigation led by law enforcement.

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