An Australian tourist, who fell asleep on a coach from Keflavík airport last night, woke up in an empty, dark vehicle hours later.
Hanna Pethani is from Sydney and arrived in Iceland last night from London and will stay in the country until Saturday. She was understandably tired after her long journey.
“I fell asleep and didn’t wake up when the other passengers were let off,” she told RÚV. Instead, she slept through and woke up long after the coach had been parked at the Gray Line storage yard by Holtagarðar. “The driver didn’t see me, got off and locked up after himself. When I woke, it was 01.30, pitch black and I was locked in the coach where they are stored overnight.”
“I became very scared. I pretty much lost it. I didn’t know how I could get out,” Hanna says. “I banged on the door and shouted for help without success. I had been shouting for help and groping around in the dark for getting on for half-an-hour when I found an emergency handle which I could pull, and then the door opened,” she continued.
She went straight to the adjacent building where she found the coach driver having a snack. He dropped everything and quickly drove her to where she was supposed to be.
Though she did not see the fun in her predicament last night, Hanna is able to laugh about it now, mockingly describing it as a great start to her visit. Next on the agenda is a two-day tour around South Iceland. “I hope they don’t lock me in any coaches there,” she says, laughing.
Update: A spokesperson for Gray Line said nothing like this has ever happened before and that it should not be possible when all procedures are followed carefully. Staff will be notified to double check their procedures from now on. Meanwhile, she had called Hanna personally and said the Australian tourist had accepted the apology graciously and was in a good mood.