On the point raised that doors on the “wrong side of the plane” were opened, the Captain has the ability to tell the crew to open only the right had side, etc., but given the uncertainty of what was going on, clearly if the crew could see no fire/smoke outside their door, they opened it.
I am horrified at the chap who had not only one, but two bags with him. I hope he has to walk/swim back across the pond with his valuable ‘stuff’. He could have killed someone for his own selfish interests…bizarre. Grrrgh.