For the second time in three years, a U.S. airline shut off the lights, locked the door and left a sleeping passenger behind on a plane.
Tom Wagner woke up in the cold, pitch-black cabin of a United Express flight from Louisiana to Houston Friday night, KTRK TV reports. He'd fallen asleep in his window seat in the back of the plane, and no one woke him when the plane landed and passengers disembarked.
Wagner told the TV station that airline workers came to get him about half an hour later, after he'd called his girlfriend and she'd called the airline.
The company, in a statement to KTRK, said it couldn't explain how the oversight happened but it is investigating.
In 2010, a woman who fell asleep on a United Express flight to Philadelphia found herself locked on the empty plane for three hours after it had landed, according to another KTRK report.