‘Drunk’ Cope member detained after trying to open plane door

2012-07-09 07:14

A Congress of the People MP reportedly tried to open the door of an SAA plane while drunk on a flight to India.

Dirk Feldman, part of a parliamentary delegation, apparently decided he needed to get off the plane and began fiddling with the emergency doors.

Cope chief whip Dennis Bloem told the Beeld yesterday: “He had too much to drink and they say he lost his inhibitions.

“They detained him for a few hours at the airport and then released him, after which he would apparently be sent home today [Sunday].”

SAA’s head of internal flight services, Martin Kemp, said such incidents occurred infrequently.

Parliament said in a statement yesterday it was decided that Feldman be sent home after the delegation arrived in Mumbai.

A decision on further action would be taken once Parliament had received reports from witnesses and SAA.

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