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An American Airlines ramp agent at fell asleep at work in the cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 at Kansas City International Airport. The flight ended up taking off without any other co-workers noticing and the ramp agent found himself in Chicago, once the flight landed.
The ramp agent was sent back to Chicago, however no charges have been filed against him. It’s unclear if he will be terminated or suspended as a result as he was reported to have been drunk, which led to him falling asleep. Flying in the cargo hold can be dangerous, fortunately the ramp agent had no serious injuries as a result of flying in there.
Per the Kansas City Star,
A baggage handler working on an American Airlines flight while allegedly drunk Saturday fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 and flew to Chicago.
The employee was discovered when the aircraft arrived at the gate in Chicago, according to a statement from American Airlines.
The baggage handler is a Piedmont Airlines employee who was working on American Airlines Flight AA363. The employee inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold, which was not loaded with cargo on that flight.
The plane departed the gate at 5:52 a.m. and lifted off at 6:07 a.m.
The flight, which had 80 passengers and six crew members, arrived at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 7:09 a.m. and taxied to the gate.