Man gets stuck in airport corridor, workers refuse to let him out

In a now-viral TikTok, a man said he was locked in an airport corridor for two hours after missing his flight.

TikTok user Ayden (@ayden_1997) posted the video on March 6. In it, he said he missed his WestJet flight to Las Vegas but wanted to make sure he was clear of the gate. When he confirmed the plane had departed, workers asked him to go down a hallway.

Ayden said he got to the end of the hall and noticed the door was locked. He showed that the door in front of him would not open and explained that the door through which he entered was also locked.

“I’m totally trapped. I’ve tried every escape route,” he said. “There was a lady on the other side of the door and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m trapped. can you let me out?’ And she said, ‘No, I can’t.’ And she left.”

Ayden said he called the airport and US Customs but was not let out until over two hours after he was trapped in the hallway.

“You’re lucky I’m a really laid back guy because some other people would be panicking right now,” he said in the clip.

At the end of the clip, Ayden said he plans to speak to WestJet about the situation.

@ayden_1997 Just a little video I made to pass the time a few days ago while trapped in a hallway. Makes a fun story, and who doesn’t love a good story!

As of March 8, the video has been viewed over 3.6 million times. In the comments section, viewers urged Ayden to make a bigger deal out of the situation.

“If you act desperately, you will receive compensation,” commented one user.

“You are the definition of self control because the second anyone saw me, came and went, or teased me with an open door, I would scream,” wrote another.

“Bruh… you have to sue this airport. Especially since several people have refused to let you out. This is false imprisonment,” suggested a third.

In an update video, Ayden said WestJet covered his hotel for the night before rebooking him. He also shared that the airline later messaged him on Instagram and gave him “50 WestJet dollars.”

@ayden_1997 reply to @Sao.Jesus.71 alright alright here’s an update. Nothing crazy happened after I shot my last video but here is the rest of the story 😂 #airport #canada #calgary #travel #adventure #hallway #silly ♬ Original soundtrack – Ayden

The Daily Dot contacted Ayden via Instagram direct message and WestJet via email.


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*Initial publication: March 8, 2023 3:19 pm CST

Rebekah Harding

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