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FedEx employee fell asleep while loading a plane in Tennessee, woke up in Texas

A FedEx employee fell asleep while loading a plane early Friday morning — and woke up nearly 800 miles away.

The grounds crew employee was loading a FedEx Airbus A310 when he fell asleep, reported FOX 34. He was in the back, unconscious, when the flight left Memphis International Airport, in Tennessee, at 4:02 a.m. The plane was almost to Lubbock International Airport, in Texas, when the employee woke up and found himself in the back of an airborne plane, according to the City of Lubbock.

He knocked on the closed cockpit door, making his presence aware to flight crew. 

They told him to sit in the jump seat and prepare for landing, Lubbock Airport's executive director Kelly Campbell told FOX 34.

The airport was notified about the surprise passenger at 5:17 a.m., and the flight landed at 5:35 a.m. The flight was greeted by airport police and staff, who determined that the stowaway did not have criminal intent.

The employee was not arrested. 

"There was never any danger to our employees or cargo," FedEx said in a statement. "We are fully cooperating with investigating authorities."

Lubbock Airport did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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