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A baggage handler took a ride from Charlotte to DC inside a United Airlines cargo hold

I thank God. He was with me.
Reginald Gaskin

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.

The details

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.

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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2015 file photo, a United Airlines passenger plane lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. The parent company of United Airlines will pay $2.4 million to settle civil charges by securities regulators over flights that were started to help an official who oversaw one of the airline's hub airports. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, that shareholders of United Continental Holdings Inc. paid for a money-losing flight that the airline approved only after disregarding its usual process for evaluating routes. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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. 

Gaskin refused medical attention when he landed. The flight cruised at 27,000 feet.

Some thought the incident raised issues of security.

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