An airline employee allegedly fell asleep in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Kansas City to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
The employee told law enforcement that he had been drinking the night before and fell asleep in the cargo hold after arriving at work, according to ABC News.
He survived because the hold was pressurized and heated during the one hour trip, and was discovered by ground crew when he landed at O’Hare.
The man was questioned by authorities and was suspended from work.
The FBI, who worked the case alongside the Chicago Police Department, declined to press charges.
American Airlines issued the following statement:
“A Piedmont Airlines employee, who was working an American Airlines flight on the morning of Oct. 27 at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized.
“The flight landed safely at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) at 7:09 a.m. CT and taxied to the gate. The team member was then discovered upon arrival at the gate in Chicago.
“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee. He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, 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.”