The actor was ready to take action at the proper time, and his response saved many! Michael Rapaport, star of Atypical, managed to stop someone from opening one emergency plane door during an American Airlines flight this morning!
It was confirmed by a rep for the said airline, who talked to ET, that about one hour mid-flight, one man on the plane asked to be directed towards the bathroom.
However, it seems like the unnamed passenger attempted to open the emergency exit door of the plane instead, which would have had horrible consequences if not for two other passengers who intervened before the crew also stepped in.
That is when the man said he was confused and was allowed to return to his seat after having a discussion with the flight crew.
Although the rep did not reveal the names of the passengers involved, Ted Kenney, the director of Fox Sports who was also on the flight at the time, tweeted about the whole thing.
Therefore, he noted that Rapaport ‘just stopped a guy on our plane from opening emergency door. No joke. Mr. New York jumped right up and stopped it, no hesitation. Thanks, Mike!!!’
That is when the actor acknowledged the tweet about him and noted that the incident was ‘f**king crazy.’
Kenney went on to share that Rapaport also shot up right out of his seat and then hurried towards the aria between the bathroom and the bulkhead yelling: ‘what the f**k are you doing?’
‘Mike continues yelling so I jump up and rush up to Michael as does some Big 3 players. I get to the bulkhead and Michael has this guy by the collar and manhandling him away from the emergency exit door. Michael tells us he was trying to open the door. Crew and staff where all in the back of the plane so nobody was looking out for our safety except Mr. New York,’ Kenney recalled.
Rapaport shared a video on his Twitter after the incident that explained they were waiting for the fire marshal.
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) June 23, 2018
He also made sure to give basketball players Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Baron Davis a shout out.
‘We had an incident on the plane. We are waiting for the fire marshal to come. We had a f**king incident, for real. Shit was real back to @flyLAXairport @thebig3 Airlines @BaronDavis Big Baby Davis thinks he’s the next @TheRock.’
Thankfully, everyone was safe in the end and the plane was able to land without any issues.