HOUSTON, TX – Out of all of the crappy things that could happen on a flight, a Louisiana man may have experienced the worst.
Tom Wagner was on his way from Louisiana to California with a layover at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.
When he got on the plane, he did was a lot of us do, and took a nap.
“I woke up, and I happened to look up, and the lights were out. I was like ‘What’s going on here?’ and then I was like, I looked down the aisles, and nobody was there. Then I got up. I walked around. I had to go to the bathroom, so I worked my way to the back and found it. I called my girlfriend, Debbie, I said ‘Listen, you gotta call the airlines, I’m locked in the plane.'”
Somehow, all of the passengers and the ExpressJet flight staff exited the plane, and no one thought to wake Wagner up.
“I can’t see how it could happen,” said IAH passenger Doug Columbus. “The staff, they should have woken him up or at least seen if he was OK.”
Wagner says he sat on the plane for about 30 minutes while his girlfriend alerted the airline. Eventually, someone came to rescue.
“I’m not sure what I would have done. I guess I’d get up in the cockpit and pretend I was a pilot,” said IAH passenger Eddie Reeves.
ExpressJet, which is owned by United Airlines, is investigating. The airline also gave Wagner a $250 voucher.
But after that experience, who knows if he would want to risk it!