Thomson Plane
Man attempts to open emergency door 36,000ft in the air. Reuters

It's OK we are just on a flight simulator, yelled an unidentified 22-year-old as he attempted to open the emergency door on a Thomson Airlines flight at 36,000 feet.

Passengers onboard Thomson flight TOP1269 from Majorca to Newcastle were terrified as flight attendants and passengers restrained the man with seat belts.

The pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport, where the man was arrested for endangering the safety of the aircraft.

The flight then refueled and continued to its original destination of Newcastle.

As the events played out, hysteria and fear broke out among the passengers on the Thomson flight.

Suddenly all the lights came on and all the air hostesses were shouting and we could see a lad trying to open the emergency door, a 23-year-old, who wanted to remain unnamed, told the Daily Mail. His friends tried to pull him away from the door and he started punching them and saying; 'It's OK we are just on a flight simulator.'

It was terrifying. We didn't know that he had tried to open the door until we landed and I'm quite grateful for that, Gavin McCallum told the paper.

This is not the first time a passenger attempted to open the emergency door. In May of this year, two similar incidents occurred. A man that attempted to open the door on a Delta flight between Florida and Boston was subdued by an off-duty police officer. The second incident involved a suicide attempt on a flight between Houston and Chicago.