NEWARK — A passenger who wanted off a delayed flight got off the plane by using the emergency exit door.

The passenger, who boarded United Airlines 1640 to Tampa, scheduled to depart Newark Liberty at 6:59 p.m. Sunday, went to the back of the Airbus and jumped out right after boarding, Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told us.

The man was grabbed by airline personnel and Port Authority Police and taken into custody, according to Coleman.

Coleman did not disclose the man's identity or charges he faces. He did not know why the man jumped out of the plane.

Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 New York the man wanted off the plane because he said he was on the wrong flight.

The website FlightAware.com reported the flight finally left Newark at 12:09 a.m. on Monday morning and arrived just before 3 a.m.

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