A Michigan woman is suing United Airlines for false imprisonment, negligence, emotional distress and breach of contract because she fell asleep on a one hour flight and when she woke up the plane had been at the gate for three hours. And she was locked in! For FIFTEEN minutes. With a working cell phone. That she didn’t think to use.
Ginger McGuire, 36, boarded a Trans States shuttle Monday night at Dulles International. During the one-hour journey she fell asleep. The aircraft landed about 12:30 a.m. at Philadelphia International But McGuire said the flight crew didn’t bother to rouse her. She said she awoke at 4 a.m. to find herself alone on the 50-seat plane with all the doors locked. “Waking up to an empty airplane and not begin able to get out was very horrifying,” McGuire told WDIV-TV in Detroit. McGuire, who works for a Michigan radio station, told the Detroit News that she walked up and down the aisle for 15 minutes. Though she had used her phone to check the time, she said didn’t think of calling for help. Minutes later, the plane’s door opened. She was greeted by a TSA officer and two Philadelphia police who demanded she produce ID and questioned her for about 10 minutes.
McGuire will surely need therapy after enduring such a nightmare.