Baggage handler falls asleep in plane cargo hold in KC, wakes up in Chicago

CHICAGO — Police say a baggage handler told them he had been drinking the night before he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.

American Airlines says the Piedmont Airlines employee was working American Flight 363 on Saturday when the Boeing 737 left Kansas City International Airport with the handler in a heated and pressurized cargo hold.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says he was found when the flight landed about an hour later at Chicago's O'Hare airport. No charges were filed, and he was sent back to Kansas City.

American says it is grateful the handler wasn't injured and it's reviewing what happened.

The handler's name wasn't released.

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