When travelling by train, there often seems to be an almost irresistible urge to fall asleep. The problem is that if you do, you risk missing your station and waking up miles away from your destination.
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... Or so you might think.
A woman said she woke up from her flight only to find the plane was empty and dark. Credit: PA
An Air Canada passenger recently realised this is not always the case, claiming she woke up in a dark, empty and locked plane after falling asleep mid-flight.
The woman said she fell asleep around midway through her 90 minute flight from Quebec to Toronto on 9 June.
However, she eventually came around several hours later, only to find herself still buckled up in her seat, 'freezing cold' and in 'complete darkness'.
Recounting her ordeal on Facebook, the woman said she attempted to phone a friend but her phone immediately ran out of battery and she was unable to charge it as the plane's power had been turned off.
She said: "I can't charge my phone to call for help I'm full on panicking [because] I want off this nightmare asap.
"As someone with an anxiety disorder as is I can tell you how terrifying this was. I think I'm having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!!?"
Air Canada has confirmed the woman's account. Credit: PA
The woman said that she was able to find a torch in the plane's cockpit, and using this, she made her way to the plane's main door. Eventually, she said she managed to prise open the door, only to find there was a 50-foot drop to the tarmac below.
After sitting with her legs dangling out of the door and attempting to use the torch to send out a distress signal, the woman said she was ultimately able to get the attention of a baggage handler.
She said in the Facebook post: "He is in shock asking how the heck they left me on the plane.. I'm wondering the same (when my seat is an inch back or my tray is down flight crew take notice, but yet you missed a person still strapped into her seat and just all go on home?!?!)."
From there, the baggage handler escorted her to the airport building where she was met by Air Canada representatives.
Since the ordeal, the woman said she had been experiencing 'night terrors' and 'waking up anxious and afraid I'm alone locked up someplace dark'.
A spokesperson for the airline has confirmed the account to The Independent and said Air Canada is still in contact with the passenger and was reviewing the incident.
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