Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Final Upgrade: Airline Moves Dead Body to 1st Class

ABC news London March 19, 2007 A first-class passenger on a flight from Delhi to London awoke to find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin being placed in a seat next to him, British Airways said Monday. The economy section of the flight was full, and the cabin crew needed to move the woman and her grieving family out of that compartment to give them some privacy, the airline said.

The first-class passenger, Paul Trinder, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he was sleeping during a February flight from India and woke up when the crew placed the dead woman in an empty seat near him.

"I didn't have a clue what was going on. The stewards just plonked the body down without saying a thing. I remember looking at this frail, sparrow-like woman and thinking she was very ill," the newspaper quoted Trinder as saying.
"When I asked what was going on, I was shocked to hear she was dead."

This sounds like a scene from a funny movie.


kingdavid said...

I read a quote from a spokesperson of the airline who said they average about 10 deaths each year on their flights. I can't believe they don't have some area on those larger planes where they could store a body. Plopping a cadaver next to a first class passenger doesn't strike me as the best available option.

Gabrielle Eden said...

It just made me laugh!