Air Passenger Left Sleeping on Plane for Hours

Posted May 26th 2010 03:50 PMUpdated May 27th 2010 10:52 AM



Getty Images

News outlets in Philadelphia are reporting an airline passenger who fell asleep on a commuter flight was left in her seat after the plane landed, only to be discovered several hours later by a cleaning crew.

The woman was reportedly on a short United Airways Express flight from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia International Airport that landed around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, and wasn't discovered until a cleaning crew came onboard around 4 a.m.

CBS3-TV says the woman's name is Ginger McGuire and that she works at a radio station and local TV channel in suburban Detroit.

Typically, flight crew would make sure all passengers get off a plane. The incident is under investigation by United and its regional partner, Trans States Airlines.

United issued a statement saying, "We are working closely with our partner Trans States to investigate the cause and remedy the situation with the customer.
Filed Under: News

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:

To the two people who said it sounded like she hhad sleep apnes...I have sleep apnea and I have never dropped off to sleep that soundly.. Sounds more like narcolepsy.

May 27 2010 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam Brennan

Violet, I have also had sleep apnea for almost 25 years, and even though I often found myself extremely tired before I was diagnosed, I didn't just drop off into an exteremely deep sleep in public places. Can sleep apnea, undiagnosed, make you so tired that you could fall into deep sleep in public places such as airplanes? Possibly, but so can stress and a number of other things. Falling into a deep sleep in public places, such a airplanes, is not a normal symptom of sleep apnea!

May 27 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 27 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Carole...sleep apnea has nothing to do with falling asleep randomly, even if you are not tired. Sleep apnea relates to a disruption in breathing during sleep. What you may be mistaking sleep apnea for is narcolepsy. Look it up!

May 27 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jen's comment

Jen, it's you who'd better look it up. Sleep apnea causes a person to sleep badly at NIGHT. When a person has disrupted sleep during the night, they are tired and may fall asleep during the DAY. Get it?

May 27 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'd charge her for an extra ticket...she stayed on an empty plane long enough

May 27 2010 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

An adult falling asleep on an airplane isn't a child being forgot on a school bus...come on... why did it become the Airlines responsibility to wake a sleeping customer. Why does American's think they need a "BIG BROTHER" telling them what to do and when to do it?

May 27 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are millions of flights each year.
Someone fell through the cracks this one time. No need to enact new legislation.

May 27 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wish I could sleep like that, lol !!!

May 27 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

smack the sh#$ out of her to wake her drunk but up

May 27 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

By George that is the dum

May 27 2010 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't Miss


Find the best resorts, wherever you are.

Hit The Slopes

Tales of learning to expect the unexpected.

Change Your View
Getty Images

Unexpected encounters and wildlife tours.

Cows, Sharks, Monkeys & More

Travel Careers

amtrak train conductor

See the world and interact with people from different cultures.

flight attendant plane interior

It's as crazy as you think.