FedEx Worker Falls Asleep, Stows Away With Shipment

| by Sean Kelly
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A Fedex Express worker reportedly fell asleep while loading a plane heading from Memphis to Lubbock, Texas, and ended up stowing away with a shipment.

The unidentified employee woke up in the middle of the flight and began knocking on the cabin door before communicating with pilots on the phone.

The pilots then instructed the employee to sit in a jump seat, which is an extra seat in the cargo hold, while they landed the plane. 

The worker was questioned by Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport police upon arriving at the airport.

“There was no criminal intent. He has been turned over to FedEx,” airport director Kelly Campbell said. “This is very unusual.”

Fedex spokesman Jim Masilak later released a statement to the Commercial Appeal confirming the incident.

“We are aware of an incident involving FedEx Flight 1459 from Memphis to Lubbock. There was never any danger to our employees or cargo. We are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” Masilak’s statement read.

The flight, according to Fox 34, landed in Lubbock at 5:30 a.m.

“This morning, FedEx Flight 1459 was en route to Lubbock from Memphis, Tennessee, when the flight crew was alerted to an unexpected person aboard the plane. That person was a FedEx employee from Memphis, who, it is believed, fell asleep on the plane before it departed. Air Traffic Control was notified of the incident by the flight crew, and dispatchers at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport were notified at 5:17 a.m. The flight landed in Lubbock at 5:30 a.m.,” the city of Lubbock said in a statement.

“Airport police and operations staff responded to the plane, and Lubbock police, the [FBI] and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were notified as well. The person was not arrested after police determined there was no criminal intent. The employee was released to local FedEx officials. There was no impact to aircraft operations at Lubbock’s airport.”

Sources: The Commercial Appeal, Fox 34 / Photo credit: The Commercial Appeal

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