Canada’s weirdest laws: you can’t exit a plane without having a parachute

In light of this puzzling law, providing parachutes to passenger may actually create the emergencies.
In light of this puzzling law, providing parachutes to passenger may actually create the emergencies. (Photo: REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko)

Geronimo!”

In Canada, it is forbidden for a pilot to allow passengers to jump out of or into a plane mid-flight if they don’t have a parachute on them.

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What happens if they do have one though?

Well then, surprise, surprise, it seems to be allowed as long as the pilot approves it.

The law reads:

No pilot-in-command of an aircraft shall permit a person to enter or leave the aircraft during flight unless. . . (a) the person leaves for the purpose of making a parachute descent”.

This little law nugget is brought to you by the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Does that mean that a pilot could actually allow a passenger on a commercial flight to get out of their seat, strap on their parachute, open the door, yell “Geronimo” and jump out of the plane during flight?

Apparently.

Here’s another question: how does a person enter a plane in the middle of a flight?

It seems that these aviation laws assume that some people can defy gravity, or else they think people have super sky-diving abilities like this man.

This strange law even had York Regional Police scratching their heads:

Luckily, most commercial airlines do not provide parachutes for passengers who want to leave in the middle of a flight but some people are arguing that parachutes should be provided in case of emergencies.

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In light of this puzzling law, providing parachutes to passenger may actually create the emergencies.

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