Sleep­ing pas­sen­ger left on plane

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Avi­a­tion ex­perts are rais­ing se­cu­rity and pas­sen­ger safety con­cerns af­ter a woman was left sleep­ing on a parked Air Canada air­craft with the lights turned off and crew gone.

“It was just a to­tal screw up,” said Ross Aimer, CEO of Aero Con­sult­ing Ex­perts and a for­mer air­line cap­tain, of the woman’s or­deal.

Tif­fani Adams fell asleep dur­ing a roughly 90-minute Air Canada flight from Que­bec City to Toronto, ac­cord­ing to a friend’s re­count­ing of the ex­pe­ri­ence in a Face­book post on the air­line’s so­cial me­dia page.

When Adams woke up a few hours af­ter the flight landed, she re­al­ized she was alone on a dark plane. Her phone died shortly af­ter, so Adams found a flash­light in the cock­pit and at­tempted to send an SOS sig­nal through one of the plane’s win­dows.

She then un­bolted three latches on the main door, opened it and flagged down a nearby bag­gage cart op­er­a­tor, who res­cued her.

Aimer, who has roughly four decades of avi­a­tion ser­vice, said he’s never heard of such a sit­u­a­tion and that mul­ti­ple er­rors would have to be made to over­look a pas­sen­ger dur­ing dis­em­bark­ing.

It’s likely the flight crew was on the tail end of a multi-day set of flights and were anx­ious to get home as soon as pos­si­ble, he said.

Typ­i­cally, crew must look up and down the cabin as they leave the plane, check­ing for peo­ple or any items pas­sen­gers may have left be­hind, he said.

Some­times the crew will do a cur­sory clean, as well, he said, or a clean­ing crew will ar­rive to do a more thor­ough job be­fore a morn­ing flight.

Nei­ther of those things seem to have hap­pened here, Aimer said, and it’s pos­si­ble the crew failed to check all the seats in their ex­cite­ment to leave.

“So, it was kind of mul­ti­ple screw ups that caused this.”

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