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Alaska Airlines contract ramp employee falls asleep in the cargo hold, spends 14 minutes in the air

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) late yesterday (April 13) issued these three statements concerning the contract Menzies Aviation employee who fell asleep in the pressurized cargo hold of a Boeing 737-900 which was operating flight AS 448 from Seattle/Tacoma to Los Angeles. Alaska previously replaced their own ramp employees with the contract company. The flight returned to SEA after the flight crew heard noises from the cargo hold after takeoff. The flight later arrived in Los Angeles, minus the wayward employee. Here are the three statements with the last one at the top:

Update 7 p.m.

A ramp employee who fell asleep in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines aircraft has been discharged from the hospital. The employee, who works for Alaska contractor Menzies Aviation, passed a drug test this afternoon.

The agent had been on a four-person team loading baggage onto Flight 448, which departed for Los Angeles at 2:39 p.m. The aircraft returned to Seattle after 14 minutes in flight when the captain heard banging beneath the aircraft.

After the landing, the employee, who was in a pressurized, temperature-controlled portion of the cargo hold, walked off the aircraft. He told authorities he had fallen asleep.

The employee started work at 5 a.m. and was scheduled to end his shift at 2:30 p.m. During a pre-departure huddle, the team lead noticed the employee was missing. The team lead called into the cargo hold for the employee and called and texted the employee’s cell phone, but did not receive an answer. His co-workers believed he finished his shift and went home.

All ramp employees have security badges. They undergo full criminal background checks and drug screening prior to being hired. They are also subjected to random drug tests throughout their employment.

There were 170 passengers and six crew members on Flight 448. The aircraft landed in Los Angeles at 6:17 p.m.

Update 4:05 p.m.

Flight 448, bound for Los Angeles, returned to Seattle shortly after departure today after it was discovered that a ramp agent was still in the cargo hold. The aircraft was in the air for 14 minutes.

After landing, the agent, an employee of Menzies Aviation, walked off the aircraft from the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled. Upon exiting, he told authorities he had fallen asleep. The agent was transported to a local hospital as a precaution. We are actively investigating this matter.

Update 3:30 p.m.

Immediately after takeoff, the pilot of Alaska Airlines flight 448, bound for Los Angeles, reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft. The captain immediately returned to Seattle, declaring an emergency for priority landing. The aircraft was in the air for 14 minutes. After landing, a ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled. The ramp agent appeared OK, and was transported to the hospital as a precaution. We are actively investigating the matter.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 N303AS (msn 30017) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines flight AS 336 returns to SeaTac after a bird strike

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) flight AS 336 bound from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to San Jose, California (SJC) with 112 and five crew members returned to SEA late last night (April 9) due to bird strike according to The Associated Press and The Seattle Times. According to an airline representative the flight returned to SEA out of abundance of precaution.

The Boeing 737-700 later departed SEA at 11:49 PM and arrived in SJC at 01:29 AM according to FlightAware.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N622AS (msn 30165) is pictured at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub.

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Alaska Airlines to launch Mexican flights from Orange County in October

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), further to our previous report, has announced new nonstop flights from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pending approval from the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), the airline will begin service in early October.

Los Cabos will commence on October 8 and Puerto Vallarta the following day.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737s on the following schedule:

Alaska SNA-Mexico Schedule

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N619AS (msn 30164) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Alaska Airlines to fly from Boise to Spokane

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) will begin daily nonstop service between Boise, Idaho and Spokane, Washington, starting August 24, 2015.

Alaska Boise-Spokane Schedule

With the addition of Spokane, Alaska Airlines now flies to eight destinations from Boise: Lewiston, Idaho, Portland, Oregon, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Jose, California, Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane.

The new flight, which is just under 70 minutes, will be operated by Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) for Alaska Airlines using 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N422QX (msn 4150) climbs away from the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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Alaska Airlines launches the Seattle/Tacoma – Washington Dulles route

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), today (March 11) launched nonstop daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and Dulles International Airport near Washington. With the addition of Dulles, Alaska customers now have nonstop access to three Washington D.C.-area airports from Seattle/Tacoma, as Alaska also serves Reagan National Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS (msn 36354) with Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub, also carries the newly updated (after the Super Bowl loss) “Go Russell! – Champions Never Rest” sub-titles (click the photo for the full size view).

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Alaska Airlines to launch nonstop Seattle/Tacoma – New York (JFK) service, files to serve Mexico from Orange County

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is launching daily nonstop service from Seattle/Tacoma to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport starting on September 16. The new service complements Alaska’s existing twice-daily service to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Alaska will operate Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft on the route.

In other news, Alaska Airlines submitted its application today to begin two nonstop service from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC).

The planned year-round service will operate thrice-weekly between Orange County and Puerto Vallarta and four-times weekly between Orange County and Los Cabos.

Alaska Airlines began flying to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos more than 25 years ago. Today, the carrier operates 36 weekly peak-season flights to Puerto Vallarta and 50 weekly peak-season flights to Los Cabos—more than any other carrier from California.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 N548AS (msn 30020) taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub. The new special markings promotes two ski resorts in the Salt Lake City area, Snowbasin on the right side and Snowbird of the left side. In the expanding “Battle of Seattle”, Alaska competes with partner Delta Air Lines on the SEA-SLC route. N548AS used to be painted in the reverve-blue fuselage Alaskaair.com color scheme.

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Alaska Airlines today launches San Diego-Kona flights

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is expanding its service to the Hawaiian Islands, with new nonstop flights between San Diego and Kona, on the Big Island, starting today.

Kona is the fourth Hawaiian island that Alaska serves from San Diego. Alaska also flies to Honolulu, Kahului (Maui), and Lihue (Kauai). At the peak, Alaska will offer 27 flights a week to Hawaii from San Diego.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N560AS (msn 35179) in the special “Spirit of the Islands” scheme taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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