This is exactly why more offices need to have nap rooms.
A snoozing airport worker managed to single-handedly delay an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after he fell asleep in the plane’s cargo hold. The flight had only been in the air for a few minutes before the pilot and the passengers in first class started hearing screaming and strange noises coming from below.
“He just kept banging, kept banging,” says one passenger in the video above. “For a moment it got kind of scary. Like, nobody knew what to do or what was happening.”
The captain immediately turned the plane around and made an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International. Once it was back on the ground, the ramp agent walked out of the cargo hold where he told authorities he had fallen asleep. He was checked by medics and found to be unhurt—he also passed a drug test.
While the airline wouldn’t release the employee’s name, we do know that he started work at 5 a.m. that day. His team leader had actually noticed he went missing. But since the incident happened near the end of the man’s shift, everyone assumed he had just finished up and gone home.
The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating.