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A Sea-Tac airport worker fell asleep in the hold of an Alaska Airlines flight today and didn't wake up until it took off, but the pilot, hearing banging, turned the plane around, the airline said tonight.
The pilot of Alaska Airlines flight 448, bound for Los Angeles, heard banging after takeoff from beneath the plane, the company said in a statement.
"The captain immediately returned to Seattle, declaring an emergency for priority landing. The aircraft was in the air for 14 minutes," the airline said. "After landing, the ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled. The ramp agent appeared OK, and was transported to the hospital as a precaution. We are actively investigating the matter."
Flight 448 from Seattle to LAX today. From the roar of the engines while taking off we accidentally woke the baggage...
His co-workers believed he finished his shift and went home.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: intrptr
Ramps don't have guards watching the planes on them unless the airline contracts for that. During the lull while they wait for last minute bags there's no one around the plane except one or two loaders waiting in case anything comes out.
The hours were always weird and for the most part every one that does this type of ramp work it was a second job for them. You tend to be exhausted doing ramp work.
And what was he planting by falling asleep on the plane?
originally posted by: Jaxsmash
How easy is it to get that job? Looks like they just shined a spot light on a weakness that can be exploited. I hope there is a good background check to get jobs that give that type of access.