Randomness (r_ness) wrote,

What do United Express flights 4245 and 8080 have in common?

The operators of the flights seem to miss sleeping passengers when they do post-flight checks.

May 24, 2010, United Express 8080, IAD-PHL:
Ginger McGuire, 36, spent nearly four hours on the plane after United Express Flight 8080 landed before she was discovered by a cleaning crew, according to the complaint filed in Wayne County Circuit Court.
December 6, 2013, United Express 4245, LFT-IAH:
Wagner says he was left all alone on a United Express flight Friday night. He was fast asleep in a window seat near the back of the airplane. Somehow, everyone deplaned, and no one noticed he was still on board.

He woke up to a cold and pitch-black cabin, and the aircraft doors were locked shut.
United Express is a brand name United uses. Flights are actually operated by a number of different carriers. Flight 8080 was operated by Trans States Airlines, while flight 4245 was an ExpressJet Airlines flight. I suspect United will have a conversation with its regional carriers about being a bit more careful about sweeping the planes. It's probably just luck that they're both United Express branded flights.

While searching for information on those incidents, I found sort of the opposite mistake. On October 5, 2013, easyJet 6056 (AGP-BRS) took off with 29 of its passengers still in a stairwell at the boarding gate:
They had already shown their boarding passes and were past the departure gate, ready to board.

But according to passengers, a member of the ground crew appeared and pulled a security ribbon across their path, blocking their entrance to the gangway leading onto the aircraft.

Minutes later passengers looked through a window and watched as their half-empty plane pulled away from the stand.

Flight number 6056 taxied out and took off on time at 9.15pm on Saturday without them - but with all their bags on board.

The angry passengers tried to get back into the airport departure area but found themselves trapped, locked out by security doors.

They were stuck for around 20 minutes until they managed to raise the alarm by shouting and banging on the doors.
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