Drunk Airline Worker Falls Asleep in Cargo Hold, Gets Flown to Another City

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 1, 2018US News
Drunk Airline Worker Falls Asleep in Cargo Hold, Gets Flown to Another City
An American Airlines airline plane is seen on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sept. 19, 2016. (Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images)

A worker heavily hungover from a night of drinking fell asleep in a plane’s cargo hold and was flown to another city before he being discovered.

The hungover Piedmont Airlines worker fell asleep in the cargo hold of American Airlines flight 363 and was flown from Kansas City to Chicago, Sgt. Rocco Alioto, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told ABC News.

The area of the hold where he fell asleep in was pressurized and heated, so the unidentified man survived the one-hour flight, American Airlines said.

Ground employees at O’Hare International Airport discovered the man after the plane landed at the gate.

“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 airline said in a statement.

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

Chicago Police Department officers interviewed the man, who told them he had been drinking the night before and fell asleep in the cargo hold after arriving to work.

The plane took off at 5:51 a.m. and arrived in Chicago at 7:31 a.m., according to Flight Stats.

Piedmont Airlines, a regional carrier, suspended the worker pending an investigation. He flew back to Kansas City on another flight, reported USA Today.

The FBI and the Chicago Police Department declined to press charges.

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