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Air travel has a way of sucking the patience right out of people. And it feels a lot like this, only with a little less personal space to thrash around in:

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After an hour or two of dealing with the long lines, being scrutinized by security and the airport delays that are completely out of anyone’s control, it can be hard for passengers to make it onto the plane without having a freakout.

But as Troy G. Fattun recently discovered, just because the flight has boarded doesn’t mean the wait is over. After simmering for nearly three hours aboard a United Airlines flight stuck at the gate in Newark, New Jersey — seriously, why is it always United? — the 25-year-old passenger reached a boiling point and decided he’d had enough. So he pushed by flight attendants, popped open the emergency exit, inflated the slide and slid down to the runway below. You can see how that worked out for him in this photo captured by a fellow passenger, who wisely chose to remain seated during the ordeal:

According to the airline, the man tried to justify his sudden desire to deplane, shouting that he was on the wrong flight to the officers who apprehended him on the tarmac.

Commercial Pilot Buck Rodger explained that boarding the wrong plane “is rare. There are a lot of checks and balances in place to prevent it from happening. But it can happen.”

But, according to the Twitter user who snapped the photo of the man in handcuffs, his behaviour was questionable even before he decided to make his exuberant exit from United Airlines Flight 1640.

Naturally, some people get frustrated in busy airports, especially when things are delayed, but this is a bit of an overreaction.

Fattun was arrested and led off the tarmac by two police officers and now has charges pending. Even so, he’s not the first person to pull the chute after getting fed up aboard a grounded plane. Remember the JetBlue flight attendant who made headlines back in 2010 after quitting his job over the intercom, downing two beers and then slipping down the evacuation slide?

It makes for a good story, but for the rest of the passengers aboard flight UA 1640, it just meant a longer delay. After another couple of hours aboard the parked plane, passengers were disembarked and made to wait for the next flight. Still, it was probably quicker than the bus…