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Baggage Handler Wakes Up in Airplane Cargo Hold After Takeoff, Screams Until Plane Turns Around

A baggage handler for Alaska Airlines fell asleep in the cargo area of the plane Monday and began yelling and pounding on the walls when he awoke. Passengers and crew of Alaska Airlines Flight 448 bound for Los Angeles heard screams and banging noises coming from the cargo hold after takeoff. The passengers were told that the plane would return to the airport, and that they would be informed of the reason later. The employee spent 14 minutes in the pressurized, climate controlled cargo hold and was taken to a local hospital when the plane landed. 

Read more on this story and see a video news report here.

Via Gawker | Image: Frank K.

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I'm not sure what happened to him. Certainly sleeping on the job is a fire-able offense.

I don't think that the building alarm functioned the way he feared. He should have been able to leave without triggering it and the manager being none the wiser. I suppose that if he had done the closing procedures occasionally, he might have known that.
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