A baggage handler fell asleep in an American Airlines cargo hold and got flown all the way from Missouri to Chicago

CBSThe American Airlines cargo hold.
  • A baggage handler took a nap in the cargo hold of an American Airlines plane in Kansas City, Missouri, and woke up in Chicago.
  • The unnamed 27-year-old was not injured on the flight from Kansas City International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
  • He has been suspended from his job at American Airlines-owned Piedmont Airlines at the Kansas City airport.

A baggage handler fell asleep in the cargo hold of an American Airlines plane in Kansas City, Missouri, early Saturday morning and got flown all the way to Chicago.

The unnamed 27-year-old man, who works for American Airlines-owned Piedmont Airlines, “inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” a spokesperson from American Airlines told INSIDER.

American Airlines Flight 363, which carried 80 passengers, took off from Kansas City International Airport at 6:07 a.m. and landed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 7:09 a.m.

Ground crew found him after the flight landed in Chicago, the spokesperson said. It’s not clear whether he was asleep or awake at the time.

Authorities are now investigating the incident. The spokesperson said the man has been suspended from his job in the meantime.

American airlinesCBSThe American Airlines Boeing 737-800.

According to the spokesperson, the man did not have any injuries and did not seek medical attention after he was found.

CBS and Fox News reported that the man told Chicago police he was drunk and passed out in the cargo hold. He was neither arrested nor charged, the news outlets said.

American Airlines did not respond to INSIDER’s request for comment on the reported intoxication.

The spokesperson said, “Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries.

“The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.”

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