Dark and alone: Passenger deserted in Air Canada plane shares ordeal

An Air Canada plane

An Air Canada plane

Tiffani Adams fell asleep half way through her one-and-a-half-hour Air Canada flight from Quebec to Toronto last week.

In a post on the airline's Facebook page, Adams says she fell asleep across a row on a almost empty flight on June 9, and awoke to find that the plane had landed safely in its destination and had been parked away from the nearest terminal - leaving her in the pitch black.

She described how she tried to phone her friend but said the battery on her phone had died around a minute into the call.

"My flight home, I got super comfy reading my book, happy I scored my row all to myself (flight was about 1/4 full)", Adams, who said she suffered a panic attack, recalled.

Tiffani Adams said the incident, documented in detail on Air Canada's Facebook page and now under review by the airline, took place on a June 9 flight from Quebec City to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

But her joy at getting it open was short-lived as when she looked out the door, she found herself looking at around a 50-foot drop to the concrete tarmac below.

Air Canada confirmed that the passenger had been left on the plane and was investigating how it could have happened.

The ordeal, Adams wrote, has left her traumatized and in constant fear of being locked up alone - again.

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An Air Canada spokesperson declined to comment on its disembarking procedures or how the passenger may have been overlooked but told CityNews they have followed up with Adams.

Dale said she asked O'Brien if she could get off the plane, but O'Brien replied that she was locked in the aircraft.

With flights though, there is no such risk, as you know that if you drift off to the land of nod, a member of the crew will make sure you get off the plane once you've landed.

Once she had the door open, she said she began flashing the light against the body of the plane, hoping someone on the ground would notice the reflection and glare.

A woman who recently flew Air Canada claims she was forced to find her own way off the plane after waking up from her flight to a dark, empty aircraft.

O'Brien said she was found by airport officials and escorted back, before she hurried out of the facility and drove home.

Adams was offered a hotel and airport transfer by the embarrassed airline, which she refused, saying she had to get to work in a few hours.

Newsweek has reached out to Air Canada.

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