A passenger on board a US flight dozed off and on waking up found herself locked inside an empty plane.

Ginger McGuire, 36, fell asleep on a United Express flight to Philadelphia, and has claimed she woke up to find she was locked inside the plane alone. She said she will sue the airlines for “false imprisonment” as the staff failed to wake her up on arrival, Daily Mail reported on Friday.

Ms. McGuire walked up and down the plane aisle for around 15 minutes until a locked door opened and police demanded identification.

“Waking up to an empty airplane and not being able to get out — it was very horrifying,” Ms. McGuire was quoted as saying.

She has filed a lawsuit against United and Trans States, alleging negligence, false imprisonment and distress.

“For a crew to leave her there and lock her is beyond a gross abuse,” her lawyer Geoffrey Fieger said.

Ms. McGuire said she fell asleep after a long trip that stretched from Detroit to suburban Washington before arriving in Philadelphia.

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