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Man wakes up alone in locked, dark airplane

Tom Wagner's girlfriend thought he was crazy when he called for help.
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Michael Hiscock, December 9, 2013 3:33:43 PM

You better pinch someone, this has to be a dream.

Last Friday night, Tom Wagner woke up in a cold, dark, locked airplane. He had been on a flight from Louisiana to California to visit his sister, and knew that there was a scheduled layover in Texas.

But nothing on his United Express ticket said anything about being trapped alone on a plane.

At first, Wagner said he thought he was dreaming. But after realizing he wasn’t waking up, he made a frantic call to his girlfriend.

‘I called my girlfriend, and she thought I was crazy. I said, ‘Debbie I’m locked on the plane.’ I said, ‘I’m telling you the truth; you better go somewhere and get me off this plane,’” Wagner told ABC News.

About a half an hour later, airline staff showed up and freed him. But now there are many questions surrounding how he was left there in the first place. Expressjet says its crew completed a post-flight walkthrough and issued this statement:

“An ExpressJet passenger remained on board flight 4245, operating as United Express from Lafayette, La. to Houston on Friday, Dec. 6, after all passengers had deplaned. ExpressJet is investigating to determine how this occurred. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused for the passenger.”

Wagner’s ticket was never refunded, but he did receive a $250 voucher and a free hotel room.

Hopefully that means the next time he wakes up, it’ll be in a bed.

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