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03-19-07, 04:00 PM #1
Woman upgraded after dying in coach
Woman upgraded after dying in coach
Woman upgraded after dying in economy during flight from Delhi to London
Updated: 2:49 p.m. ET March 19, 2007
LONDON - A passenger in first class woke up to a shock when he found himself sitting near a corpse on a British Airways flight, British newspapers reported on Monday.
Paul Trinder, 54, said cabin crew moved the body of the elderly woman from the economy section where she had died after take-off, the Mirror and Sun tabloids said.
"The corpse was strapped into the seat but because of turbulence it kept slipping down on to the floor," Trinder, a businessman, was quoted as saying. "It was horrific. The body had to be wedged in place with lots of pillows."
The woman's daughter was also upgraded and spent the rest of the nine-hour flight from Delhi to London grieving next to her dead mother, the Sun reported.
The Guardian newspaper said the incident happened last week.
British Airways has apologized for any distress suffered, according to the reports. The Mirror quoted BA as saying: "We apologize, but our crew were working in difficult circumstances and chose the option they thought would cause least disruption."
03-19-07, 05:47 PM #2
I heard she was just dying to fly first class...
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03-19-07, 07:33 PM #3
Don't really see what other option they had, it's not like they could lock her in a restroom or stuff her in cargo, and as there was no help for her (she was already dead, after all) then making an emergency landing in a foreign country wouldn't have helped much, either. And I doubt that there's much in the way of privacy screens even in first class.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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03-20-07, 02:43 PM #4
I figure if it's a full flight and she keeled over next to me then it's my bad luck to be sitting next to her, but I'd be pissed if I had a seat that was not next to her and they moved her next to me. Especially if she was in coach and I paid extra for 1st class then had to sit next to her after they moved her............................................
03-20-07, 03:47 PM #5
Often corpses make unpleasant smells and release unpleasant fluids upon death. I.E. They release their bowels/bladders. That is fucking gross."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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