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The Skinny: Napping passenger wakes up in dark, locked plane

Nap nightmare

Waking up in A locked plane

Tom Wagoner fell asleep on a flight and awoke in the darkened plane parked for the night Friday in Houston. "I woke up and the lights were out. I was like, what's going on?" Wagoner said. He called his girlfriend on his cellphone. "She thought I was crazy," Wagoner said. "I said, 'Debbie I'm locked on the plane.' I said, 'I'm telling you the truth; you better go somewhere and get me off this plane.' " United Airlines did send someone to check the plane at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Wagoner was, indeed, locked inside. ExpressJet apologized and is looking into how Wagoner was missed. The airline also put him up in a motel room.

Hoofing it

Reindeer escapes from Santa Claus

A reindeer broke free at a Colorado mall Thursday while the Big Man was inside visiting with children. KYSL in Summit County reports the reindeer escaped outside the La Riva Mall in Dillon. While Santa was inside listening to wish lists, the animal jumped over its enclosure, leading police on a healthy jog to the other side of a nearby reservoir. The Summit County Sheriff's Office brought in another reindeer to lure the runaway into a trailer.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Napping passenger wakes up in dark, locked plane 12/09/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 8:33pm]
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