Falling asleep on the job is always a very bad idea, but you’ve got nothing to worry about if you don’t get caught. In this baggage handler’s case, getting caught would have actually made his life a whole lot easier. Early Saturday morning, the 27-year-old fell asleep in the cargo hold of a Piedmont Airlines plane departing Kansas City for Chicago. The ground crew found him once the flight landed in Chicago, though it’s unclear whether he was asleep or awake at the time.
A spokesperson for American Airlines, which owns Piedmont, told Insider that the baggage handler “inadvertently fell asleep,” and that he did not require any medical attention. The same spokesperson added that “our top priority is ensuring the wellbeing of the Piedmont employee, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries.” While the airline may be relieved about his safety, they’re probably not pleased with his behavior. No statement has been made on whether or not the man has been let go.
American Airlines didn’t address the cause of the unusual incident, but a spokesperson told Fox News that the man admitted to being intoxicated and passing out in the cargo hold. That would make this one of several recent occurrences involving drunk airline employees, a few of which even involved pilots.