Tiffani Adams boarded an Air Canada plane for a 90-minute flight earlier this month. Halfway through the flight, Adams read a bit then subsequently fell asleep. When she awoke, the mother-of-two saw nothing but darkness. She was also freezing. It didn’t take long for her to figure out what had happened — she had been left all alone on the now empty plane.
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Adams, who already suffered from insomnia and anxiety, immediately began to panic as she texted her friend Deanna Noel-Dale for help, explaining what had happened, NPR reported.
Noel-Dale responded in astonishment that no one woke her up. As Adams tried to FaceTime her friend, her phone died. Trying to get her bearing in the pitch black darkness, Adams looked out the window and saw the terminal off in the distance.
She quickly surmised that the plane she took from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson International Airport had been parked overnight, which left her more concerned that she would probably be there for a prolonged period of time.
“I’m trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attack while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find…no luck [because] when they shut the aircraft down there is no power whatsoever,” Adams said.
Adams then proceeded to the open cockpit where she stumbled upon flashlights. Not knowing how to let someone know she was still in the plane, Adams tried to shine the flashlight out of the window towards the tarmac but gave up quickly as she realized it wasn’t doing much to gain attention.
Adams headed back to the cockpit where she found an instruction manual on how to open the plane doors. As the doors opened, Adam was hopeful she could now exit the plane. Unfortunately, that’s when she determined that she was 50 feet in the air and much too high to jump.
“I searched frantically for a rope so I can climb down to safety. [The] flight attendants seat is right by door I opened but the seatbelt is too short to hang from,” Adams explained. Adams sat in the open doorway and waved the flashlight until a man driving luggage to other planes finally noticed her.
The driver was reportedly shocked to find Adams in the plane, the Daily Mail reported. Adams expressed her disdain with the situation by pointing out: “When my seat [is] an inch back or my tray down flight crew take notice but yet you missed a person still strapped into her seat and just all go on home?”
Air Canada has been in contact with the woman, but they remain puzzled themselves as to how a passenger was left on a plane unnoticed.