Airline baggage handler falls asleep in cargo hold, flies from KC to Chicago

A baggage handler told police he was drunk when he fell asleep in a American Airlines plane's cargo hold.
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A baggage handler told police he was drunk when he fell asleep in a American Airlines plane's cargo hold.

Credit: Scott Olson

Credit: Scott Olson

An airline baggage handler told police he was drunk when fell asleep while loading a cargo hold for a flight headed to Chicago from Kansas City, the Chicago Tribune said, citing a report by The Associated Press.

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The Piedmont Airlines employee, whose name was not released, was loading baggage onto American Airlines Flight 363 on Saturday. The man was in a pressurized cargo holder when the Boeing 737 took off from Kansas City International Airport, the AP reported.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the man was found when the flight landed an hour later at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The handler told police he was drunk and had fallen asleep, Guglielmi said.

The man was sent back to Kansas City and no charges were filed, the AP reported.