Hours after an Air Canada flight landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport, a passenger woke up to find himself locked in a cold, dark, and empty plane.
Earlier this month Tiffany O'Brien flew from Quebec City when she slept reading her book for a 90-minute flight.
She said she woke up hours after her landing, is still attached to her place in a "frozen cold" and "dark" environment. ] "As a person with anxiety disorder as he is, I tell you how terrifying this is … I think I have a bad dream bc seriously how does this happen?" O Brien writes in a Facebook post published by her girlfriend, Deana Noel-Dale. "I just woke up alone on the plane," said one of the texts sent by O'Brien, according to CTV. When O'Brien tried to call a friend through FaceTime, her phone suddenly died. She tried to find a USB port to charge her phone but could not find a worker because the plane was off.
"It's just a clean feeling of helplessness when you feel you're locked up, and you have no connection with the outside world," said Brian in an interview with CTV. O'Brien declined to comment on BuzzFeed News.
O Brian said she then headed for the cockpit and found walkie-talkie devices that she had tried to exploit. Finally he found a flashlight to move the windows to help the door.
"I'm so afraid I'll touch something that's wrong, but I knew I had to do something," she told CTV. "I found the flashlight and I was so happy. It was like the best time ever. "
She then faced another dilemma: There was no landing connecting O'Brien to the ground. She was facing a drop of 40 to 50 feet.
Turning out of her difficulty, Brian hung the door and began to use his flashlight to seek help, reflecting the light on the side. of the plane. She finally drew the attention of an employee who carried a luggage cart that helped her get on the ground. Air Canada confirmed the incident and announced an investigation into the issue, according to the AP.
remain in touch with her, "Air Canada told AP. The airline did not respond immediately to BuzzFeed News.
After the incident, Brian wrote in the facebook that she was not "asleep a lot," saying she had "repeated night terrors and waking up worried and afraid of being locked somewhere in the dark.
Mary F. Skiavo, a passenger rights attorney and a former US Department of Transportation chief inspector, told BuzzFeed News that what happened to O'Brien was a major security breach. "
" The law requires the airplane to be insured for the night and is not insured. She also had access to the protected areas of the airport operations area, Shiavo said. "She could claim that the airline was negligent in securing the plane and had to find it, and that's why it was due to actual damage." 1
An Air Canada Jazz airplane at a hangar at Vancouver International Airport in 2010
The same year, the Philadelphia Inquisitor reported a Michigan woman who filed a lawsuit against Transstate Airlines on the basis of a false arrest after has been trapped more than three hours after landing.