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United Express Allegedly Locks Sleeping Man on Landed Plane

Excerpt from ABC

Dec 08, 2013 3:00 pm

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If true, the incident has alarming implications on the crew’s alertness and ability to protect passengers and identify security threats.

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A United Express jet, similar to the one Tom Wagner slept on, pulling into Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Pieter van Marion / Flickr


Airline investigators are looking into how a man got left behind and locked onboard a United Airlines jet when everyone else left during a layover in Houston from Louisiana.

Tom Wagner says he fell asleep on the plane and woke up in the pitch black cabin that had landed at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, the nation’s fifth largest airport.

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