Air Canada Passenger Says She Woke Up Alone in Dark, Empty Plane After Sleeping Through Landing

What was supposed to be a quick, 90-minute Air Canada flight from Quebec City to Toronto Pearson International Airport turned into a "nightmare" for a Canada woman after she said she awoke hours after the plane landed, the sole passenger aboard the dark and empty aircraft.

Passenger Tiffany Adams said she has been experiencing anxiety and insomnia since the incident, which took place in early June. Her friend and travel partner, ‎Deanna Noel-Dale, posted the first-hand account to Canada Air's Facebook page.

"My flight home, I got super comfy reading my book, happy I scored my row all to myself (flight was about 1/4 full)," Adams, who said she suffered a panic attack, recalled. "I fell asleep probably less than halfway through my short 1.5-hour flight. I wake up around midnight (few hours after flight landed) freezing cold, still strapped in my seat, in complete darkness."

Canada Air confirmed Adam's account to NPR and said the airline is reviewing the incident. Newsweek has reached out to the airline for comment.

After waking up, Adams said she attempted to use her phone to call a friend but the battery died within a minute. Panicking, she started searching the plane for a flashlight and eventually found one in the cockpit, she said. She detailed using it to flash SOS signals out of the window and then using it to help her unlatch the door near the flight attendant's seat.

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An Air Canada passenger plane is shown in flight at Heathrow Airport July 31, 2002 in London, England. John Li/Getty Images

Once she had the door open, she said she began flashing the light against the body of the plane, hoping someone on the ground would notice the reflection and glare. Eventually, it worked.

"When I see the luggage cart driving towards me, I am literally dangling my legs out of the plane," she said. "He is in shock asking how the heck they left me on the plane. I'm wondering the same."

According to the Facebook post, a representative from the airlines then offered Adams a limo ride back to a hotel. Adams said she declined, insisting that she just wanted to go home, and the representative helped her call a shuttle to take her back to her car.

Adams said the airline has called her twice to review the incident.

"I haven't got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I'm alone locked up someplace dark," she said.

The posting by Adams' friend soon amassed more than 100 commenters, many of whom expressed shock that the airline could miss a person sleeping on the plane. Some were also skeptical of Adams' account, while others implored her to negotiate with the airline and seek compensation.

Newsweek has reached out to Air Canada. This story will be updated if there is a response.