Baggage Handler Falls Asleep In Hold And Flies To Chicago
The flight only lasted about an hour, but the voyage was still extraordinary.
An unnamed 20-year-old baggage handler from Kansas City woke up in a cargo hold of a plane on its way to O'Hare International Airport this week. Fortunately for him, it was heated and pressurized for pets so he survived the trip unscathed.
He woke up in darkness and lit a lighter so he could make his way towards a door and sat there until the plane landed. As work crews approached to unload the Boeing 737 after landing, the wayward handler emerged and told them that he'd fallen asleep in Kansas City.
Apparently the young man had been out drinking and smoking the night before and had a bit more than he could handle. Despite going to bed around a respectable 10pm, he wasn't in fighting shape by the time he woke up for his 4am shift the next day.
As most of us know, putting your head down for even a moment while fatigued can knock you out, but the baggage handler had to learn this lesson the hard way. After loading a few bags, he walked into the cargo hold and simply fell asleep.
Fortunately for this fellow, no charges were filed against him. He was sent back to Kansas City on a later flight that day, and his mishap is being shrugged off as an honest mistake.
All's well that ends well, but we have a little suggestion for the airport. You might add a coffee machine to the break room!