Tue, Nov 29, 2005
What's Norwegian For 'Wasn't I Just Here?'
After reading this
story, you might think twice before falling asleep onboard your
next flight -- especially if you happen to be traveling to
Twenty-one-year-old Tor Martin Johansen fell asleep last week on
a short Wideroe Airline flight from Trondheim to his hometown of
Namsos. He then proceeded to sleep through several landings,
passenger deplanings and reboardings, and takeoffs of the commuter
According to media reports, he was finally roused from his
reverie by the cabin attendant cheerily telling those onboard...
"welcome to Trondheim."
Turns out no one noticed the sleeping man when the plane landed
in Namsos -- nor did the attendants seem especially concerned when
their headcount for the return flight showed one extra
"It is completely correct, unfortunately. It has never happened
before," said airline representative Richard Kongsteien. "Seen on
its own, it's an amusing incident, but it is also a very serious
In the airline's
defense, the commuter flight made several stops, and it was
never completely emptied. However, ground personnel violated
security regs by failing to notice the difference between the 33
people on the passenger manifest, versus the 34 people actually
onboard the plane, on the trip back to Trondheim.
Johansen received a free ticket from the airline for his...
"This will not happen again," Kongsteien stated. "Our passengers
can rest assured that they can sleep soundly on our flights and be
woken up at their destination."
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