I thank God. He was with me.
Baggage handler Reginald Gaskin was locked in the cargo hold of a plane that flew from Charlotte, N.C., to Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
Gaskin, 45, was unhurt, The Washington Post reports. He did not share how he had ended up in the plane, saying he had been told by an attorney not to discuss the incident.
United Express Flight 6060 took off from Charlotte just before 3 p.m. and landed on schedule about 90 minutes later. Workers in Charlotte realized there was a chance Gaskin was inside the airplane and alerted the FAA. Emergency responders were waiting at Dulles International Airport when the plane landed.
Officials said the cargo hold "should have been pressurized," NBC Washington reports. Otherwise Gaskin could have been exposed to dangerous conditions. Gaskin is an employee of G2 Secure Staff, a United vendor.
Gaskin did not have his airport ID on him when he landed, which initially prompted police to question if he was a stowaway. However, he was wearing a baggage handler's uniform.
Amazingly yes, he refused medial attention according to the press release.— CamMan Ron Lee (@WBTVCamMan) January 2, 2017
Gaskin refused medical attention when he landed. The flight cruised at 27,000 feet.
Baggage handler locked in plane baggage area flew to next state?Doesn't say much about security serious threat safety passengers (terrorism)— Anna Mitchell (@TrumpetersWin) January 3, 2017
Some thought the incident raised issues of security.