An Air Canada passenger posted a dramatic account of waking up from an inflight slumber to find that not only had she reached her destination, but she was also alone on a cold, dark, empty aircraft with no means of escape. Although declining to comment on the details of the case, Air Canada officials told local media the embarrassing incident took place earlier this month.
An Air Canada passenger just had a terrifying experience – and you can add this to the list to of things to fear.
Tiffani Adams said she was late getting home from the airport because she overslept. Although she made it to the gate in plenty of time to board her quick June 9th flight from Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), it was the nap she took after takeoff that really threw a wrench in her travel plans.
Adams says she awoke to find that she was by herself on a cold, unlit aircraft without another soul around. To make matters worse, the now-panicked passenger said she was able to inform her friend of her whereabouts just before her phone lost power. Adams’ friend shared a firsthand account of the plight in a post on the Air Canada Facebook feed.
“I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing Cold still strapped in my seat in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black) as someone with and anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was,” Adams wrote in the June 19th Facebook post.
“Think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?! I’m trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attack while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find… no luck bc when they shut the aircraft down there is no power whatsoever I now have to use washroom and that’s also no picnic when you can’t see a thing and are tryin to keep yourself calm since I can’t charge my phone to call for help I’m full on panicking bc I want off this nightmare asap.”
Adams says that finding “walky-talky thingys” in the cockpit was a short-lived victory (because she was unable to reach anyone on the devices). The stranded passenger says she was “overjoyed” when she found a flashlight and “felt like a champ” after she managed to open a cabin door. Unfortunately, Adams didn’t have access to a stair-truck or a jetway, but she was eventually able to use the flashlight to signal a passing ground equipment truck, leading to her rescue.
Air Canada confirmed that the incident occurred, but has so far declined to explain how the passenger was left behind. “We are still reviewing this matter so I have no additional details to share,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick told the Toronto City News.
Adams admits that the airline has apologized repeatedly and even offered to provide a limo back from the airport that night. She says, however, that the ordeal has left her with lingering issues.
“Air Canada called Monday and Tuesday both people again ask me to repeat what happened apologize for my inconvenience and say they will do an investigation bc they have checks in place that should prevent people from being locked on the aircraft at night,” Adams explained. “I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark. This is a super long post-so I’ll wrap it up, please share if you know of anyone who has gone through this I don’t like feeling so alone.”
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