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United Airlines sued for locking woman in plane

Sleeping passenger left in plane for four hours after landing.
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United Airlines is facing legal action after a passenger was stranded in a plane for four hours after landing, when she fell asleep during the flight.

Ginger McGuire, 36, was locked in the plane at Philadelphia International Airport after flying from Dulles International Airport in Washington, according to a report by The Associated Press.

It is claimed that when the flight's cleaning crew found McGuire on landing they secured the doors before summoning federal officers to question her as a potential terrorist.

McGuire's lawyer Geoffrey Fieger confirmed that his client would be suing for up to £50,000 for false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

"Waking up on this empty airplane and not being able to get out was very horrifying,” said McGuire.

United Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Massier said: "We are working closely with our partner Trans States Airlines to investigate the cause and remedy the situation with the customer."

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