Teenager jumps out of plane's emergency exit as it lands

Departing and parked aircraft intersect at San Francisco International Airport

The incident happened at 2.30pm Tuesday after the Copa Airlines Flight 208 had just landed at the San Francisco International Airport from Panama City.

Passengers say the 17-year-old USA citizen, who was traveling alone, had appeared "anxious" and "fidgety" throughout the Copa Airlines flight from Panama City, per KGO and the San Jose Mercury News. The teen, who was uninjured, was seized by a construction crew on the tarmac and taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection, says an airport official.

The teen was not injured and airport operations were not affected, KTVU reported.

Witnesses said it was a typical landing until the emergency door opened and the plane filled with sunlight.

A crew member shut the door and the plane safely taxied to the gate, the airline said.

A teen in San Francisco on Tuesday made a decision to take one of the worst unaddressed problems of air travel into his own hands: You can never get off the dang plane fast enough.

'It was as if he was like flying out, like it was really fast, ' passenger Sophia Gibson told San Jose television station KNTV.

People sitting near the exit row stood up when the boy jumped out and started to shout, others said. "So said passenger opens the over wing emergency exit and jumps out on to runway 28L". Relay the message back. Passengers also said the teen looked "fidgety" and "anxious". 'It was pretty insane'.

'We were on the runway for about an hour, ' Rodrigues said.

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