Every so often there is a report of a person openening an ( armed ) emergency exit unauthorised on the ground leading to a slide deployment.
Often this is followed by the flight leaving after deplaning / arresting the person involved but with ( say) an hour's delay.
What i was wondering is how they manage this? Isn't the emergency slide packed in a very specific manner by trained packers? Or do airports carry spare pre-packed slides that they can replace into the doors?
Or are aircraft allowed to fly with a non-operantional single slide as a MEL item?
Just was curious to know since one hour sounded like a pretty quick fix.