updated 7/6/2008 3:47:54 PM ET 2008-07-06T19:47:54

Authorities in Guyana said a first-class airline passenger was so angry at seeing economy passengers leave a jetliner before him that he yanked open an emergency hatch and slid down the chute.

Police say the Guyanese man appeared to be intoxicated after the Delta Airlines flight from New York. Local police arrested the man, but he was quickly released on bail after the Friday incident.

A spokesman for Delta says the carrier plans to file charges against the man for interfering with flight crew members.

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