Monday, March 19, 2007

How to fly first class...

British Airways
Originally uploaded by jdamersham.
Die during the flight.

From Jennifer Quinn and the Associated Press:
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.

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."
Well of course? What else would they do with the body? Moving to the first class cabin makes sense. The first class passenger probably didn't actually pay for the privilege of sitting up front, and no where does it say his seat mate will actually be alive.

At least she wouldn't talk his ear off.

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