I don't care how panicked he felt, you can't be in your right mind to do something like that.
When I used to fly a lot, I'm a big tall strong guy, so they're usually happy to give me the emergency exit (leg room!) and I take it seriously and make sure I understand exactly how to open that thing in an emergency, and I would like to think that I would help everybody get out first before I bail (it's recommended you toss the door out to get it out of the way, get out on the wing first yourself, and then help pull people through).
"When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent." - Isaac Asimov