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posted by on Saturday January 07 2017, @11:29PM   Printer-friendly
from the not-a-window-seat dept.

Investopedia reports:

A week after United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) settled a lawsuit over baggage handler workplace injuries, a United worker was locked in an airplane's cargo hold.

The Washington Post reports that the worker spent over an hour locked in an airplane traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C., on the afternoon of Jan. 1. The flight was operated by Mesa Airlines, an airline operating regional feeder flights for United and American Airlines Group Inc.

[...] The worker was unharmed in the incident and told The Washington Post that he was advised by his lawyer not to discuss the incident.

Less than a week earlier, on Dec. 27, United Airlines announced it settled a lawsuit brought by its baggage handlers. The workers alleged more than 600 musculoskeletal workplace injuries between 2011 and 2015.


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @12:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @12:08AM (#450897)

    Get yourself locked in the belly of a plane, take a nap, sue for big money. Nice try.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @05:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @05:42AM (#450951)

    Whether he did it on purpose or not, the company handling that fucked up big time. There's just no excuse for not knowing where people are in operations like this. This kind of thing is why they invented things like lockouts and the buddy system.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @06:09AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @06:09AM (#450953)

      That's my thought as well.
      The cabin crew does a count of passengers and compares it to the list before they pull away from the gate.

      It seems logical that someone would do a head count of the ground crew before moving on to the next task.

      Airlines were among the first of industries to standardize procedures and use checklists.
      This episode looks quite sloppy.

      -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

  • (Score: 1) by tftp on Sunday January 08 2017, @07:08AM

    by tftp (806) on Sunday January 08 2017, @07:08AM (#450969) Homepage

    Intentional or not, this case revealed a huge hole in the procedures. The last person leaving the compartment and locking the door is supposed to check everything and make sure that there are no loose items (or forgotten workers.) Probably in this case that was not done. Here is what a mechanic says about that on FlightAware [flightaware.com]:

    sparkie624
    I remember a long time ago on a 737, I was working in the Aft Compartment just in front of the APU finalizing some work. I had a tall ladder and the door was open. Next thing I knew the a/c started pushing back form the gate. I had the log book locked up in the vehicle.. First thing I did was start pulling cannon plugs... especially when I heard the #2 engine starting to spool... I disconnect the stabs, and any other cannon plug that I could find (at least a dozen of them). Upon being pulled back into the gate another mechanic climbed up and opened the door and I flew out! he hollared at me and said (Before you go and kill someone, what did you do"... I yelled back! "Canon Plugs"... Never did find that moron, and I think he knew better than to show his face that day!... I talked with the Captain and asked to see his log book... He could not find it.... I advised him that it was locked in my truck! He had nothing else to say!

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday January 08 2017, @05:21PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday January 08 2017, @05:21PM (#451088) Journal

      Intentional or not, this case revealed a huge hole in the procedures.

      And/or it reveals that procedures weren't followed.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11 2017, @08:25AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11 2017, @08:25AM (#452418)
      On a related note before you dive to work on a boat's propeller make sure you have all the relevant keys in your pocket or similar...

      Same goes for fixing a forklift especially if Klaus is around... (google for Forklift Driver Klaus if you like gory training videos ;) ).
  • (Score: 2) by purple_cobra on Sunday January 08 2017, @11:46AM

    by purple_cobra (1435) on Sunday January 08 2017, @11:46AM (#451002)

    What they need is one of those supermarket self-service checkout systems to say "unexpected item in packing area".