While Tiffani O’Brien was in a deep sleep -- apparently a really, really deep sleep -- after her flight from Quebec City to Toronto, the Air Canada crew members and cleanup personnel on her plane apparently were sleepwalking through their post-flight procedures.
O’Brien said she woke up from a nap to find herself utterly alone inside a pitch-black, empty plane. She apparently didn’t wake up when the plane landed, and no one woke her up when the plane reached its gate and all the other passengers began disembarking. Crew members appear to have overlooked her when checking aisles and overhead bins for any items passengers may have left behind. And if cleanup personnel boarded the plane to prepare it for the next day’s flight, they must have vacuumed around her.
O’Brien, in a panic, got on her cellphone and called a friend, but the phone died less than a minute into the call. She found her way to the cockpit, where she located a flashlight. Then she managed to open the main cabin door, only to pull back at the 40- to 50-foot chasm below. There were no stairs. Luckily, a luggage-cart operator saw her and came to the rescue.
Air Canada says it is investigating what went wrong. That’s good. Air travel is tough enough these days.