Man opens airplane door and walks on wing

Nick's ESL News Lessons

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Date: 2024/01/30

Difficulty: Elementary A2

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Vocabulary Match

arrested -   - caught
emergency -   - late
delayed -   - travellers
fixing -   - urgent
passengers -   - repairing
dangerous -   - risky


A man in Mexico has been arrested. He opened an airplane's emergency door and walked on the wing. The plane was at Mexico International Airport, waiting to go to Guatemala City. It had been waiting for hours without air conditioning or water. The airport said no one was hurt. They gave the man to the police.

Other people on the plane said they agreed with the man. The plane had been delayed for three hours. It was supposed to leave Mexico City at 11:30 last Thursday. The delay was because of a problem that needed fixing. Because of the man, the passengers had to change planes.

It's not clear what will happen to the man, but the other passengers said he helped them. They wrote a note saying, "He opened the window for everyone's safety. The delay and lack of air were dangerous. He saved our lives." They put their names on the note and shared it on social media.


  1. Where was the man arrested?
  2. Why did the man open the airplane's emergency door?
  3. What was the reason for the plane's delay?
  4. What did the passengers do to show their support for the man?


A: Did you hear about the man who opened the plane's door?
B: Yeah, I heard he was arrested.
A: But the passengers seem to support him.
B: Really? Why's that?
A: Apparently, the plane was delayed for hours without air conditioning.
B: Wow, that must have been tough. I would have been frustrated too.


  1. What would you do if you were in a similar situation as the man?
  2. What do you think the airline should have done for the passengers?
  3. Have you ever experienced a long delay on a flight? How did you feel?
  4. Are you hoping to fly anywhere this year?

Vocabulary Answers

arrested → caught
emergency → urgent
delayed → late
fixing → repairing
passengers → travellers
dangerous → risky

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. He was arrested in Mexico.
  2. Because of a long delay without air conditioning or water.
  3. The plane was delayed because of a problem that needed fixing.
  4. They wrote a note in support of the man and shared it on social media.

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