“It was nothing but pitch black and a loud noise,” the man, whose name has not been made public, exclusively told ABC News. “So I was scared, and I didn’t know what was going on.”
“When the bags started moving and I heard the sound of the engine, I had to think fast about what to do for me to get out,” he said of Monday's incident.
While the baggage handler wasn’t injured, Alaska Airlines released a statement Thursday announcing that he has been permanently banned from working on the airline’s flights.
After the man -- a ramp agent with Menzies Aviation, which contracts with airlines to handle baggage -– realized his predicament, he called 911 on his cell phone.
"I'm inside a plane, and I feel like it's moving in the air. Flight 448. Can you please have somebody stop it?" he said, according to audio from the call released Thursday.
The dispatcher expressed confusion in the man’s location, and the call was lost after 44 seconds.
The baggage handler could also be heard banging, with the knocking sound audible for the plane’s passengers and crew.
The plane, which was headed to Los Angeles, returned to Seattle after 14 minutes in the air.