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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: 2) by hopp on Sunday January 08 2017, @04:11AM

    by hopp (2833) on Sunday January 08 2017, @04:11AM (#450938)

    I'm waiting for baggage handler robots. Sue the weather is more unpredictable bit it can't be much more difficult than Amazon warehouses.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @06:23AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 08 2017, @06:23AM (#450955)

    With the big planes, there is considerable mechanization of cargo handling.
    The hand labor is largely done away from the aircraft. []

    With the feeder airlines and their smaller planes, it's more piece-by-piece right at the aircraft.

    Maybe some day soon some smart guy will develop a gadget that can deal with all the stuff of various sizes and shapes like a self-playing Tetris game.
    Now, how much will that cost and will the shoestring-budget outfits find it cheaper than humans?

    -- OriginalOwner_ []