FedEx Employee Falls Asleep Loading Plane In Tennessee, Ends Up In Texas

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Falling asleep on the job is a big no-no. It can end with a reprimand — or worse, a firing — but for one FedEx employee, an on-the-job catnap earned him a flight to Texas.

A Tennessee FedEx ground crew member fell asleep inside of a plane he had just loaded early Friday morning, when he woke up, he was some 800 miles away in Texas, Fox 34 reports.

Toward the end of the flight, the employee woke, realized he was in the air, and knocked on the closed cockpit door to speak with the flight crew.

The crew instructed the man to sit in a jump seat and prepare for landing.

The ordeal led to a rather unusual call to the Lubbock International Airport dispatch, the airport’s executive director Kelly Campbell tells Fox 34.

When the plane landed at around 5:30 a.m. it was greeted by airport police, while Lubbock Police Department, FBI, and the Transportation Safety Administration were also notified of the “unusual incident.”

The employee was not arrested after police determined there was no criminal intent and he was released to local FedEx officials.

According to the city of Lubbock, the issue didn’t impact aircraft operations at the airport.

FedEx tells Fox 34 that they are aware of the incident and that there was never any danger to the employees on the plane or the cargo.

“We are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” the company said without addressing whether or not the snoozing employee will face any disciplinary action.

FedEx employee falls asleep after loading Memphis flight, wakes mid-flight to Lubbock [Fox 34]

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