Airline forced woman to sit near dead body for entire flight

Published On: Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:30 AM
By: Shifra Unger
Kenya Airways
An airline has refunded the cost of a ticket after a Swedish woman who was given no choice but to sit in front of a corpse for most of a 10 hour flight to Kenya.

Lena Pettersson, a Swedish radio reporter says her traveling companion, a man of about 30 years, seemed to be sick when he embarked on a Dar es Salaam, together on a Kenya Airways flight during a stopover in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport , the news media reported.

"he was sweating and had seizures," said Pettersson to the news media. "Flight attendants were there all the time and new about his situation, but the plane took off anyway."

The man died a few hours after the beginning of the overnight flight, despite the efforts of the crew and passengers to revive him.

Pettersson, heading to a Tanzania vacation, was forced to sit next to the body for the rest of the trip.
"I asked to move the dead body, but they said there were no other places," she said.

After returning home, Pettersson got an email from the airline, which eventually apologized and refunded half the cost of her ticket of $1,400.

"This feels much better," she reportedly told the news media. "It's reasonable."
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