Flight Forced to Land Because Airport Worker Fell Asleep in the Cargo Hold
A flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a baggage handler fell asleep in a plane's cargo hold and woke up mid-flight.
William La Jeunesse reported on "America's Newsroom" that Alaska Airlines Flight 448 was roughly 14 minutes into the trip to Los Angeles from Seattle on Monday, when the pilot and first-class passengers heard screaming and banging from beneath the aircraft.
An air marshal aboard the plane tried to communicate with the worker below by banging and yelling back, La Jeunesse reported.
The captain immediately returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, declaring that the plane needed to make an emergency landing.
La Jeunesse said that the baggage handler was a part of a four-man crew that loads passengers' luggage onto planes. The man reportedly was near the end of his shift and decided to take a quick nap in the plane's cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature-controlled.
His coworkers noticed that he was missing, but assumed that he went home early.
Video taken once the plane landed back at the airport shows the worker calmly walking out of the cargo hold, appearing to be well. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution and has already been released.
La Jeunesse stated that the man is employed by Menzies Aviation, who has a contract with the airport to load cargo onto planes.
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