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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:00

A Louisiana man woke up alone on a dark, locked plane after taking a nap on his flight from Lafayette to Houston.  

Tom Wagner said he was on a United ExpressJet flight Friday headed for California to visit family when he decided to catch some shut eye before his connecting flight.  

"I woke up and the lights were out. I was like, what's going on?" Wagner told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston. "I thought maybe it was a layover, still on the same plane.”

Somehow no one noticed that Wagner, who was sitting near the back of the plane, was left on board.

He says he immediately tried the door, but it was locked. He then called his girlfriend, who phoned the airlines. Crew members showed up about 30 minutes later to free him.

Wagner says once the crew showed up, they were less than apologetic, telling ABC, “they were, like, try to hush-hush, keep it quiet.”

Wagner said United gave him a $250 voucher to help him reach his final destination, an airline amenities package and a motel room for the night.

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:01

least they tried to compensate him,



#3 Steven P.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:03

Seems they handled it well (Y)



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Posted 10 December 2013 - 08:29

Yes they could have charged him extra for bed and board

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 23:58

Must have been a very comfortable seat. :laugh:



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:08

Hahaha. Could you have imagined if he got into the cockpit and pressed a few buttons?

Landing lights, strobes, I'm in here!!

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:11

Well what if his phone was flat and couldnt call anyone. That would have sucked.



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:34

The question is would your other half believe you if you said you couldn't get home that night because you were locked onboard a plane.)?

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:04

Good to see security is taken so seriously.

 

Drowsy terrorists everywhere rejoice!  :woot:



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 01:18

Must have been a very comfortable seat. :laugh:

 

I need one of those in my living room. The only problem might be actually getting any shows watched. :D



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:11

So he picks up his phone to call his girlfriend and asks her to call the airline.....why didn't he just call the airline first?



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:16

if the stewardess would simply wake him up (with a smile) at end of flight,

it would saves the airliner the pocket changes & minor degradation in reputation ...



#13 shozilla

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:32

So he picks up his phone to call his girlfriend and asks her to call the airline.....why didn't he just call the airline first?

 

He couldn't remember the number.. he might be using a dumb phone... which is why he knows his gf's number in his mind or on his speed dial.  I am not sure if the phone number is mentioned on the ticket if he has it with him or on his bags.



#14 redvamp128

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:40

So he picks up his phone to call his girlfriend and asks her to call the airline.....why didn't he just call the airline first?

 

Have you ever tried to call them... I mean the hold times can be more than 20 min and probably his phone was not on full charge.. it actually makes sense though... she probably was worried because he probably should have already been home already.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 03:05

So he picks up his phone to call his girlfriend and asks her to call the airline.....why didn't he just call the airline first?

maybe battery dying