Has Filed Suit Against UAL, Trans States Airlines
Imagine that you woke up following
a flight to find that the airplane was empty, dark, locked, and
parked for the night. That was exactly the situation in which
36-year-old Ginger McGuire found herself after a recent flight from
Detroit to Philadelphia.
McGuire says she was booked on a flight that was supposed to
arrived in Philly after a brief stop in DC. but her leg from DC to
Philadelphia was delayed, and after leaving Detroit at 0600, she
didn't arrive at her final destination until after midnight.
To make matters worse, she didn't know. She was asleep in the
cabin, and reportedly didn't wake up as the other passengers
CNN reports that when the cleaning crew found her about four
hours later, they alerted TSA, and McGuire was "wrongfully detained
and interrogated," according to her complaint.
McGuire has filed a lawsuit against
United Airlines, as well as Trans States Airlines, which operated
the flight as a code share. She is seeking between $25,000 and
$75,000, alleging negligence, infliction of emotional distress,
false imprisonment, and breach of contract.
A Trans States spokesman said that the normal procedure calls
for flight attendants to "do a sweep of the aircraft to ensure
there are no passengers left on." Fred Oxley said the internal
investigation would focus on whether that sweep was done. UAL said
in a statement that it was "working with Trans States" on the
investigation to "remedy the situation with the customer."
The lawsuit has been filed in Wayne County Circuit Court in