The unnamed airport worker's presence was discovered sometime during the flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Washington Dulles International Airport and emergency crews met the plane's arrival as a precaution.
At some point during United Express Flight 6060, authorities learned a person was locked in the baggage compartment while on their way to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Airline staff said the unidentified employee was accidentally locked in before the flight took off.
The incident has since been ruled as a accident but was initially investigated as a potential security threat after the baggage handler could be heard saying in an audio recording among dispatch workers that he had forgotten his airport identification.
According to WBTV, when employees opened the cargo hold of the United Airlines plane, they found a man stuck inside. "It's going to be in the rear cargo area". "The flight crew doesn't remember seeing him or anything like that". "We are looking into what happened". Upon landing in the nation's capital, Gaskin appeared to be unharmed and refused a medical examination. A United spokeswoman could not say Monday whether the plane's cargo hold was temperature controlled or pressurized.
News4 emailed G2 Secure Staff for comment and is waiting for a reply.
It is not the first time a baggage handler has spent time trapped in the cargo hold during a flight.