Buckhead Man Tries To Open Delta Door in Mid-Flight

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A flight home from Las Vegas turned scary for people on board Delta Air Lines flight 1702 Sunday afternoon when a man from Buckhead tried to open the cabin door while in flight, officials said.

The incident unnerved many people on board, one passenger said.

“For two or three minutes, it was very scary,” said Katie Hindman, who was flying back to Atlanta from vacation.

Richard Joel Garber, 60, now faces federal charges in the case.

About an hour into the flight, FBI spokesman Patrick Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via email that Garber, who was sitting in one of the emergency exit seats, tried to open the emergency latch to the door over the wing while the plane was cruising at an altitude of more than 30,000 feet.

More in this report from the AJC

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