Angel flight


A first-class passenger on a flight from Delhi to London awoke 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…British Airways said in a statement that about 10 passengers die each year in flight and that while each situation is dealt with on an individual basis, safety is paramount. “The deceased must not be placed in the galley or blocking aisles or exits, and there should be clear space around the deceased…”

Who, if anyone, gets a refund?

4 Responses to “Angel flight”

  1. staghounds Says:

    No refund, passenger was delivered.

    I suspect the seat mate gets a free trip though.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Why did they move the corpse into 1st class?

    That’s just moving the likelihood of being effectively sued for distress up several notches.

    Creating space in economy by moving some live pasengers out from around the corpse in economy into 1st would have been better surely?

    You’re not going to tell me that BA’s load figures would have prevented that?:)

    Maybe they were just being egalitarian?

  3. staghounds Says:

    The last time I flew B.A., the first class seats were full recliners and had sort of a fence arrangement around them. It would be possible to recline the seat, pull the fence around, cover with a blanket, and have it look as though someone were sleeping.

    Either that, or there is a policy that death in flight is an automatic upgrade.

  4. Jeff Says:

    The 1st class is certainly the better part of town but I’d have thought that the corpse would be unlikely to appreciate that.

    Much better to please some, at least, potentially returning live passengers with an in-flight upgrade?:)

    Besides, people who fly 1st should surely not be reminded of the proximity of death. Economy class anyway makes you wish for cessation so why disturb the natural order?

    I suspect there’s some safety regulations that forbids this too, but there’s something philosophically attractive in having the corpse placed in one of the rear facing seats that cabin crew use.

    On any assumption that the soul survives and hangs around a while, the backward look at the track of a life from 38,000 ft would seem to be an unusual opportunity to prepare for judgement.:)

    I suppose it would be considered insensitive to haul the corpse into the cargo hold? Technically possible though…even on a long haul flight the onset of rigor would not develop in-flight.

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