Teen sleeps through plane stop

Jan. 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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PHOENIX, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old boy who slept through his airline destination in Oklahoma said he had difficulty finding help when he exited the airplane in Missouri.

Erik McBee and his mother, Keena, said he boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Tulsa at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 28 to attend a boarding school, but he had headphones on and slept through the Tulsa stop and found himself in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday.

McBee said he approached a man in a yellow uniform outside of the terminal at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport but the man did not offer him any assistance. McBee said he had no luck with other airport employees.

The teenager said a helpful stranger gave him a ride to a police station and officers later took him back to the airport. Southwest, which said it is investigating how the count ended up incorrect when departing Tulsa, flew the teen back to Phoenix free of charge.

Keena McBee said she will be driving the Eric to school in Oklahoma in the future.

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