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Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:27 PM

'This is a nightmare': A woman fell asleep mid-flight and woke up trapped in a dark plane alone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/06/24/this-is-nightmare-woman-fell-asleep-mid-flight-woke-up-trapped-dark-plane-alone/

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Reply 'This is a nightmare': A woman fell asleep mid-flight and woke up trapped in a dark plane alone (Original post)
Irishxs Jun 2019 OP
maxsolomon Jun 2019 #1
hlthe2b Jun 2019 #2
Skittles Jun 2019 #3
Raine Jun 2019 #7
Skittles Jun 2019 #8
Raine Jun 2019 #9
Skittles Jun 2019 #10
Grammy23 Jun 2019 #4
MineralMan Jun 2019 #5
lunamagica Jun 2019 #6
hunter Jun 2019 #17
Maru Kitteh Jun 2019 #11
Thyla Jun 2019 #12
Bluesaph Jun 2019 #13
hunter Jun 2019 #18
JustFiveMoreMinutes Jun 2019 #14
brooklynite Jun 2019 #15
hunter Jun 2019 #16
lindysalsagal Jun 2019 #19
madinmaryland Jun 2019 #20

Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:34 PM

1. there are worse nightmares than that.

Last edited Mon Jun 24, 2019, 02:10 PM - Edit history (1)

probably plenty disorienting, though.

40' to 50' drop from a plane's door to the tarmac? uh-huh. ace reporting there, WaPo.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:34 PM

2. That would be freaky--especially given it was quite distant from the terminals.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:59 PM

3. I think I would have called 911 when I woke up

or is it 112?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:04 PM

7. She couldn't her phone wouldn't work

it was either a dead battery or no reception was what they said on the news.

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Response to Raine (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:12 PM

8. from the article

Grabbing her phone, O’Brien exchanged frantic text messages with Noel-Dale, who had been waiting for her friend to check in after landing, CTV News reported.

I would have texted CALL 911 (or 112)

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:25 PM

9. Thanks for clarifying that,

so much for the local "news” knowing what's what.

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Response to Raine (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:27 PM

10. it would freak me out

I'd want off that plane as fast as possible! It's ridiculous that anyone can be left behind....that is serious dereliction of duty by the flight crew.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:19 PM

4. No one went through the plane to make sure all passengers AND


their possessions were off that plane before moving it away from the gate? I thought a crew came through and cleaned the plane (or tidied up?) between flights. How could they overlook a sleeping adult woman? Or maybe they didn’t clean this plane or check for lost or forgotten items. Like sleeping passengers.

She must have been dead to the world, intoxicated or took a sleeping aid to the point she missed announcements, landing and the hustle and bustle of people exiting the plane. Guess no one noticed her sleeping and thought to rattle her cage.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:26 PM

5. Kids get left on school buses, too.

So, there is probably a policy that requires someone to check the plane or the bus for sleepers. But, it doesn't always get followed. When that happens, someone is left on the plane or bus, still sleeping.

Flight attendants have no problem checking seatbelts before takeoff. So, make a post-landing check of all seats just as important a thing to do. It would take less than five minutes to do that. Five minutes.

Just do it, folks.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 02:39 PM

6. When my grandfather was a little boy, he fell asleep in church, woke up alone.

he had gone to mass with his older brothers, who left him there.

THAT was a nightmare.

When was finally rescued "His eyes were like saucers". He'd been terrified that "The headless priest" (whoever that was) was out to get him

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Response to lunamagica (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:15 PM

17. Yeah, my brothers would have done that...

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:36 PM

11. Am I the only one who's first thought was raiding the first class mini-bar and accomodations?

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:38 PM

12. She had a good sleep though, that is nice.

I must be a parent.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:45 PM

13. This is her own fault.

GMAB! Not everything is the fault of someone else. I fell asleep on a bus once and missed my stop by miles. I didn’t wake up until the bus reached its final stop. Oh well! I survived. So will this woman.

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Response to Bluesaph (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:40 PM

18. Blaming the victim is always wrong.

I once fell asleep on a bus too.

Fortunately the driver waking me up at the end of the line was no big imposition. I was only ten miles from home, and ten miles was nothing to me then when I was often running more than 75-100 miles a week, day and night. Long before Uber.

Ten miles might hurt me now because my knees and hips are worn out and I'm too cowardly, and too broke, to seek bionic replacements.

No doubt I would survive a situation like this, and maybe tell amusing stories about it later, but I wouldn't be happy.


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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:49 PM

14. Note to Self: If heavy sleeper, don't nap on trains, planes and automobiles

Seriously, if you can 'sleep for hours' on a plane, through turbulence, landing announcements and preparation and hundreds of people un-boarding the plane...

I would just guess napping ANYWHERE is not a good fit for your lifestyle.

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Response to JustFiveMoreMinutes (Reply #14)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 03:57 PM

15. I don't care how heavily you sleep...

If you sleep through landing, getting jostled by people next to you, etc. you're probably using a narcotic sleep supplement.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 04:04 PM

16. I've woke up from nightmares into worse...

... but this is still horrible negligence by the airline.

How hard is it to make sure all the passengers are awake off the plane???

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 05:07 PM

19. I'm more appalled at the other passengers for not even saying anything to the cabin crew.

If you're someone who doesn't directly involve with strangers, fine, but at least tell the crew.

Sorry, but am I the only one who would have done that? I do things like that all the time when something doesn't add up.

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Response to Irishxs (Original post)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 05:23 PM

20. I had a friend fall asleep on the Path train between Manhattan and Hoboken, NJ.

He slept until about 6:00am after spending all night going back and forth under the Hudson River. He saw people getting on the train and realized they are going to work. 😂.

ETA: alcohol was involved.

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