'Fidgety' Teen Jumps From Plane in SF

A 17-year-old passenger jumped out of this Copa Airlines plane after it had landed at San Francisco International Airport from Panama City

A teenager was detained Tuesday at San Francisco International Airport after opening an emergency exit on a plane and jumping onto the tarmac.

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. A flight attendant stood in front of the open exit to ensure people did not fall out while leaving the plane, he said.

The teen, a USA citizen, was flying by himself from Panama City, Panama, to San Francisco and appeared to be in emotional distress during the flight, said San Francisco Airport spokesman Doug Yakel. The plane continued to move to the designated terminal and all the passengers got to the airport without incident.

Other passengers said the teen appeared fidgety and anxious during the seven-hour flight from Panama City. It is a federal law to open an emergency exit on a plane without having been instructed to do so by the crew.

"And then this guy, I see him jump on the wing and then he starts climbing down the wing and then he just runs".

"We just landed and then I hear some people scream ... like, 'No!'" said 11-year-old passenger Andrea Sepulveda Guzman, who was on the plane. "And everyone was just screaming", she added, CBS SFBay Area reported.

The airline said it was cooperating with authorities in the investigation.

Copa Airlines Flight 208 had arrived from Panama City.

The teenager, who has not been named, then slid down the wing onto the tarmac after it landed on Tuesday. He was already on the ground and running by the time passengers realized the door had been opened.

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