An investigation is being made into how a sleeping passenger was not spotted by staff when emptying an aircraft on a layover on Friday evening.
Passenger, Tom Wagner, awoke to find he was locked inside a cold, dark, ExpressJet aircraft. He had boarded a flight at Louisiana to visit his sister in California and decided to have a nap while the plane stopped in Texas for a layover.
It’s believed staff failed to spot him sitting in a window seat near the back of the aircraft when they emptied the plane. The airline said staff made a post-flight walk-through, but they couldn’t understand how they missed Wagner.
He told ABC13 Eyewitness News: “I woke up and the lights were out. I was like, what’s going on? I thought maybe it was a layover, still on the same plane.”
He called his girlfriend, who alerted the airline.
ExpressJet issued a statement to Eyewitness News, saying: “An ExpressJet passenger remained on board flight 4245, operating as United Express from Lafayette, LA. to Houston on Friday, December 6 after all passengers had deplaned.
“ExpressJet is investigating to determine how this occurred. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this caused for the passenger.”