Sleepy Ramp Agent Wakes Up In Cargo Hold – And In The Air

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There's nothing like a good nap. But there are times and places to catch 40 winks, and an aircraft cargo hold just before takeoff isn't one of them.

An airport worker found that out the hard way, when he awoke on a LAX-bound AS flight from SEA.

Flight 448 had just taken off when front-of-the-plane pax heard banging and screaming from below deck. The plane had only been in the air for 14 minutes when the pilot was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing.

The ramp agent was found inside the pressurized, temperature-controlled cargo area after the plane landed. He was taken to hospital as a precaution, but the airline said he appeared to be “OK." After his release from hospital, he passed a drug test, an airline spokesman said.

Before the plane departed, the leader of the man's team noticed he was missing, called into the cargo hold for him, and called and texted his mobile phone but got no answer, the airline said. Co-workers decided he had finished his shift and gone home.

The airline said it was “actively investigating the matter." But it wouldn't be surprising if the airport employee has plenty of time for naps – in his own bed – in the near future.

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