An admittedly drunk American Airlines luggage shop fell asleep at work and ended up flying from Kansas City to Chicago in the stomach of a Boeing 737.
Employee, who works for American subsidiary Piedmont Airlines at Kansas City International Airport, was working on the American Flight 363 ramp on Saturday, October 27 when he apparently took a nap inside the cargo ahead of the plane.
No one noticed that he was missing and the plane took off at 05:52 local time with the worker in front loads, air
The baggage handler, which was not identified, was not detected before the aircraft landed on O & # 39; Hare International Airport and parked at the gate before 07:30 local time.  The employeeewas interviewed by the Chicago Police Department, the FBI and the US Attorney Office, the standard policy in matters of aviation security.
He told the police authorities that he was drunk and fell asleep, according to the spokesman for the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi. ]]
The luggage was not charged with a crime and flown back to Kansas City on another American flight, he said.
US spokesman Ross Feinstein said the airline is investigating the matter and that the employee has been suspended.
"The American team is very concerned about this serious situation and we are considering what happened to our colleagues in Piedmont and Kansas City," he said in a statement.  Feinstein said the 23-year-old employee was unharmed and did not ask for medical help when the plane landed in Chicago. The cargo company is pressed and heated, he said.
"We are grateful that he did not sustain any damage," said Feinstein.
This is not the first time an airline employee has got stuck in the cargo in January 2017, a luggage handler was caught in cargo on a United Express flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington Dulles. He was unmanned.
The most high-profile claimed event occurred in 2015 when an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Los Angeles had to turn around after pilots and passengers had heard about bouncing under the plane shortly after departure.
A luggage handler was stuck in the load. He called 911 and said he was caught in the plane but the connection was lost.
The American luggage dealer had no phone on the plane. Feinstein said that mobile phone usage is prohibited at the airport ramp.
Bill Waldock, a professor of security science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in P rescott, Arizona, said to be caught in a warehouse is probably "quite claustrophobic" but generally not as risky as it sounds since the area is pressurized and temperature controlled. In addition to bags and packages, many airlines carry animals in the loads of teams.
"Especially if they have live animals traveling, they will keep it on average between 60 and 70 degrees," he said.
Waldock counts as many as a dozen published events for airline workers caught in the cargo over the years, usually because somebody fell asleep.
He said that luggage handling is cramped work, with long shifts and heavy lifting.
"Every now and then, they try to trick because they are so tired," he said.
Waldock said that airline companies generally have two or three luggage handlers per aircraft depending on the size of the aircraft plus a supervisor for luggage handling. responsible for ensuring that employees are counted after the bags and other cargo are loaded, he said.
"But sometimes they go through cracks," he said.
A person familiar with the American incident in Kansas City but unauthorized to talk publicly about what the napping employee was overlooked because no bags were loaded into the forwarding package and the door was closed.
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