"(IM)PERFECT GETAWAYS" AIRING ON "20/20" FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
Travel at your own risk... from airplane blunders and luggage mishaps to going overboard at sea and hotel hazards, "20/20" reports on (Im)perfect Getaways, airing on FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Reports include:
· Autopilot: Have some pilots become too dependent on automation, and could they handle an emergency if the autopilot suddenly was not there to help? David Muir reports on some recent pilot errors.
· Stowaways: Juju Chang reports on modern day stowaways who risked life and limb by hiding out in such places as a plane's toilet, the wheel well, and the cargo hold, shipping themselves in a crate. How does this happen with all of the security in place since 9/11?
· Killer Hotel: Three people died in the Boone, NC Best Western's room 225 in two separate carbon monoxide poisoning incidents last year. The shocking fact is that it was not until the second incident that killed 11-year-old Jeffrey Williams that carbon monoxide was identified as the culprit. Jeffrey's mom Jeannie is speaking out for this first time to Matt Gutman. How common a problem is this, and how safe is your hotel?
· Confessions of a Baggage Handler: Stolen valuables... damaged bags... what really happens to your bag after you check in? Deborah Roberts hears the confessions of two baggage handlers who reveal dirty secrets of their trade, and what you can do to make sure your bag arrives in one piece.
· Overboard: The thought has crossed the mind of most cruise ship passengers - what happens if I go overboard? But Sarah Kirby does not have to wonder as she survived a terrifying caught-on-camera plunge into the Caribbean on the first night of her 30th birthday cruise. The incidents are rare, and the industry says they are usually suicides. Yet five incidents have happened in just the past month. Is the industry doing everything it can to detect and save overboard passengers? Reena Ninan reports.
· Horrible Passengers: Nick Watt looks at the contenders for world's worst plane passengers. The competition is stiff.
David Sloan is senior executive producer of "20/20."