Home

Baggage Handler Falls Asleep In Plane’s Cargo Hold, Wakes Up In Chicago

By Parker Diakite

Share

A man who admitted to sleeping on the job while intoxicated was found unharmed in Chicago after police said he was found inside the cargo storage area of a plane.

 

The 23-year-old man, whose name has not been released to the public, is an employee for American Airlines’ subsidiary Piedmont Airlines.

 

According to a report from USAToday, the man was working on the ramp for American Flight 363 departing Kansas City, when he decided to take a nap in the cargo hold.

 

The plane took off at approximately 5:50 in the morning of Oct. 27, and no one noticed that the employee was missing.

 

The baggage handler wasn’t discovered until the plane landed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and parked at the gate just before 7:30 a.m.

 

According to police, the car was heated and pressurized, which saved the man’s life.

 

The employee admitted that he had been drinking the night before, but Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told USAToday that the baggage handler was not charged with a crime and flew back to Kansas City on another American flight.

 

“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee,” the airline said in a statement. “He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries.”

 

The statement continued, “The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.”

 

American Airlines also said the employee has been suspended from work pending an investigation.

Share
Travel Noire

Parker Diakite

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

The Obamas’ Popular Portraits Are Going On Tour, Here’s How You Can See Them For Yourself

The Obamas’ Popular Portraits Are Going On Tour, Here’s How You Can See Them For Yourself

The illustrious portraits of Barack Obama (by Kehinde Wiley) and Michelle Obama (by Amy Sherald), which have brought record crowds to The Smithsonian’s  National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. since 2018, will soon be going on tour. Beginning in June 2021, the paintings will be embarking on a five-city museum tour across the country, allowing […]

Stephanie Ogbogu

Here Are 13 Brand New Airline Routes Making Travel More Accessible Than Ever

Here Are 13 Brand New Airline Routes Making Travel More Accessible Than Ever

It may be the beginning of the year, but there are already new airline routes on the horizon. Since new route announcements come with a side of cheap flights, these new routes will have lower airfares this year.  Now, residents of North American cities will be able to have connections to Africa, Europe, Mexico, and […]

Kelsey Marie

Toss Your Weed Before You Fly At One Of The Chicago Airports’ Marijuana Disposal Boxes

Toss Your Weed Before You Fly At One Of The Chicago Airports’ Marijuana Disposal Boxes

Ever been unsure of what to do with your recreational marijuana once you arrive at the airport? Though most of us would probably answer no, Chicago Airports have addressed this concern by recently installing marijuana disposal boxes. According to the Chicago Tribune, both O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport installed “cannabis amnesty boxes” earlier this month […]

Leah Freeman-Haskin