A CRAZED passenger ripped a plane's emergency door off just as the aircraft was preparing for take off – sparking panic with other flyers.
The man, who was allegedly boozed up, flung himself from his seat and rushed to the wing door – before ripping it from the hinges.
The emergency slide on the airline travelling from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on airline Thai Smile inflated and spilled out onto the runway.
It happened onboard an Airbus A320 with 86 passengers ready to taxi across the tarmac.
Shocked passengers screamed while airport security staff pinned the blonde-haired man to ground.
Local media dubbed him a ''crazed foreigner''.
The passenger was pictured wearing jeans, a blue shirt and white trainers after having his hands and feet cuffed inside the airport.
Staff from the Thai Smile airline said that more than 600,000 baht (£15,400) in damage had been caused by the incident.
The traveller, who has not been named, was detained in custody while airport officials investigated the incident.
£15,400 IN DAMAGE
One passenger on board the plane said the tourist was ''drunk'' and had ''opened the emergency door causing a lot of drama and a delay''.
The flight, WE169, had been due to depart at 3:40pm but was delayed. It eventually took off at around 5pm for domestic destination Bangkok.
A spokesman for flag carrier Thai Airway's low cost short haul subsidiary Thai Smile apologised for the incident.
They said: ''The incident occurred when the plane was about to depart from Chiang Mai International Airport for Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
''After the aircraft door had been successfully closed there was a wait for a taxi to take off.
''A foreign male passenger ran to open the emergency exit door next to the left wing of the plane. The incident caused the emergency door to be opened entirely and an emergency slide unfolded.
''The captain immediately suspended the flight and notified ground officials and security personnel to control the incident.
''The foreign man was detained but it it not yet clear what his motivation was to do this.''
A 'drunk' plane passenger was restrained after he called the cabin crew paedophiles while boarding.
More than 400 people have been arrested in the UK after being suspected of being intoxicated on a flight in the past two years.
You could be fined up to £80,000 or face jail time if endangering the flight by being drunk.
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