Alaska Airlines has banned a Seattle airport worker who got trapped in the cargo hold of one of its passenger jets this week, forcing an emergency landing.
A spokesperson for Alaska Airlines confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Thursday that the employee — who works for Menzies Aviation — had been banned, but would not elaborate.
The flight on Monday was heading for Los Angeles, but returned to Sea-Tac International Airport after just 14 minutes when passengers and crew heard the agent screaming and pounding below.
Once on the ground, the ramp agent was found inside the pressurized and temperature-controlled front cargo hold, Alaska Airlines said in a statement.
Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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