The man had finished an entire liter of vodka and a couple of beers, and it took two professional boxers to get him away from the door and pin him to the ground.
The plane ended up making an emergency landing in Sweden to dispose of their drunk cargo, which means it was up to a Swedish judge to sentence the drunkard. The judge handed him an 8 month sentence, and a substantial fine, payable to Ryanair.
The man claims he can’t remember any of the incident, and blames it all on his fear of flying. The Swedish prosecutor didn’t buy it, and is actually appealing the sentence as he feels it is too light. Similar cases ended up with about 18 month sentences.
The good news is that aircraft doors are virtually impossible to open midflight due to the pressure difference between the outside air and cabin.