June 23, 2019
June 23, 2019 11:12 AM EDT
An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet approaches Toronto Pearson International Airport for landing on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Cole Burston / Getty Images
A woman aboard an Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto says she was ‘having a bad dream’ after reportedly waking up in a dark, empty plane hours after it landed at Pearson airport on June 9.
In a post by Deanna Noel-Dale, on behalf of her friend Tiffani Adams, on Air Canada’s Facebook page, the passenger recalled flying back from “one of the best weekends I’ve ever had” and waking up in the plane still strapped to her seat.
Adams claimed in the June 19 post that she had scored herself an empty row aboard a plane that was one-quarter full when she fell asleep about one-and-a-half hours into the flight.
” I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold still strapped in my seat,” Adams stated, “in complete darkness (I’m talking pitch black) as someone with and anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was.”
Adams said she messaged Noel-Dale about being trapped on the plane when her phone dies. The woman said she had a panic attack while she tried to charge her phone to no avail as the plane’s power was off.
Scrambling around the dark aircraft, Adams said she tried to use the bathroom and later attempted to use a “walky talky” to radio for help. After finding a flashlight in the plane’s cockpit, Adams said she made some “flashy SOS signals” out the window.
An airport crew member driving a luggage truck spotted her after she opened one of the plane’s doors.
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“I am literally dangling my legs out the plane … He is asking how the heck they left me on the plane … I’m wondering the same,” said Adams. “Anyway the guy had the ladder dock and I jumped to safety before he was even a foot from the door.”
The passenger said she is greeted by an Air Canada official, who gave her a ride home. Adams said Air Canada called her twice to apologize and stated an investigation was underway.
“I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” Adams concluded.