A Swedish woman was partially reimbursed by Kenya Airways after she was forced to sit through a ten-hour flight to Tanzania next to a dead passenger.
Lena Pettersson, a journalist with Radio Sweden, boarded a flight in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and immediately noticed that a man in his 30s who was seated directly across the aisle from her was seriously ill.
‘He was sweating and having seizures,’ she told Sveriges Radio. ‘Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway.’
Macabre: Lena Pettersson, a reporter for Radio Sweden, had to spend ten hours sitting on a plane next to a deceased man en route of Tanzania
The flight attendants put out a call for any passenger on board with medical experience who might be able to help, and someone eventually began performing cardiac massage on the ailing man, The Local reported.
First aid: The cabin crew tried to revive a passenger (not pictured) who went into convulsions after falling ill, but he passed away and was covered with a blanket
However, efforts to revive the sick passenger failed, and he passed away just hours into the overnight flight bound for Dar es Salaam.
While the crew moved people seated next to the deceased man, there was nowhere for Pettersson or her friend to relocate.
‘Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss,’ she said.
The cabin crew appeared at a loss as to what to do next, so flight attendants wrapped the corpse in a blanket as best they could and laid him out across three seats,Expressen.se reported.
Pettersson said the deceased man was rather tall, so his legs were sticking out across the narrow aisle, mere inches from her.
When Pettersson returned from her trip, she lodged a complaint with Kenya Airways and demanded compensation.
Freight flight: Pettersson and a friend took a Kenya Airways flight from Amsterdam heading to Daar es Salaam on vacation
After a couple of months of back-and-forth emails, she received $713 (roughly half her ticket price) and an apology.
‘I am happy with it. I think it was a reasonable substitute,’ she told Expressen.
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