The incident occurred Monday morning on Delta Air Lines flight 462, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.
“During flight 462’s taxi-out at LaGuardia, a party of two opened a cabin door and exited the aircraft via the slide,” a statement from Delta said. “The aircraft returned to the gate where the remaining customers deplaned normally and were accommodated on alternate flights.”
Delta’s flight 462 was an Airbus A321 aircraft that measures 146 feet in length and 13.58 feet from the top of the main cabin to the ground, according to specs listed on an Airbus Aircraft Characteristics document.
The flight in question was preparing for departure from Queens, N.Y., and was bound for Atlanta before the passengers made their unusual exit.
Maintenance technicians were called in to evaluate the aircraft and eventually cleared the plane for resumed service Monday evening, according to Delta.
The passengers, Antonio Murdock, 31, and Brianna Greco, 23, both from Florida, are facing charges for their unauthorized flight exit.
Murdock was charged with criminal mischief in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and criminal trespass in the third degree, according to Port Authority spokesperson Lenis Valens. Greco was charged with only criminal trespass in the third degree.
The service dog was taken to the Brooklyn Animal Care Center, and a receipt was given to Greco in order to retrieve the animal.
An alleged witness aboard the flight told The New York Times that Murdock had refused to remain seated during takeoff while stating he had post-traumatic stress disorder.