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Dead Man Flying – Passenger Demands Refund

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A Kenya Airways passenger demanded a refund from the airline for flying next to a dead man for approximately 10 hours. The passenger died within a few hours of take-off and a Swedish journalist had to fight to get a partial refund from the company because a policy did not exist to deal with such a situation. Sveriges Radio journalist Lena Pettersson was on the way to Dar es salaam in Tanzania when she noticed the male passenger sitting next to her said was suffering from cramps and sweating profusely.

Pettersson alerted Kenya Airways staff about the passenger sitting next to her and they asked for help from anyone on the plane who had medical training. Help was available and although the man was given a cardiac massage, the he soon died, Nairobi Wire reports. Pettersson was forced to sit next to the dead man on the plane due to a lack of other available seating. The journalist stated it was “unpleasant” but that she is not a person “who makes a fuss,” according to excerpts from a Sweden’s Expressen Daily newspaper republished by Nairobi Wire.

The Local reports that Pettersson noticed her seat-neighbor was not “looking in top form” when he boarded the Kenya Airways flight in Amsterdam. The Sveriges Radio journalist also remarked that although the flight attendants were present, the plane still took off with what she considered a visibly ill man having “convulsions.”

Pettersson “almost decided” to forget about the incident after her vacation in Tanzania, but she changed her mind and contacted the airline about a refund. It took the journalist several months of communicating with Kenya Airways to receive a partial refund of $713 for being forced to sit next to a dead man on the plane.

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12 Responses to “Dead Man Flying – Passenger Demands Refund”

  1. Sharon Hirning

    That's really complacent, you have a choice and I'm sure your mouth will place a directive for offenders to shut the eff up when you exercize your first ammendment rights. .but your passive aggressiveness will keep you from being truthful. . . and you deserve all the stuff you choose not to hear. So shut up, for real! And I really think flying with a dead body next to you will show you the real deal. .

  2. Sharon Hirning

    And your type of entitlement is the most annoying to those of us that have self respect for our life and the lives of others, so you are not only entitled thinking you should be able to "sleep" on an airline. You are delusional and need to be on psych meds. And I pray that your taking up oxygen on a planet where people would do anything to breathe again, is forever sucked out of your system . . .

  3. Janice Fultz-Seager

    @Minh …Apparently you need to put …"/sarcasm"… after your posts so others who post looooooooooooong run-on rants, get it.

  4. Janice Fultz-Seager

    Sharon Hirning …you've have now used up YOUR ALLOTMENT (as well as many other's) of oxygen, ranting & spewing your garbage, because you don't understand sarcasm when you read it. To quote you…"And I pray that your taking up oxygen on a planet where people would do anything to breathe again, is forever sucked out of your system . . "

  5. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    Minh -Most people will respond to a polite request. "I'm sorry, but I don't feel up to carrying on a conversation. I'm very tired and would like to take a nap. I hope you understand." or "I hope you don't mind me not talking with you but I've been dying to read this book." Both have worked successfully for me. If they talk anyway I just smile and keep reading or close my eyes and don't respond. If I'm in my preferred aisle seat I do tell them to nudge my arm if I'm sleeping and I will be happy to move to let them out.

  6. Tomas Medina

    "a policy did not exist to deal with such a situation."
    Call me old fashioned but what about common sense? You need a policy for that? People crap themselves when they die…

  7. Les Clements

    Brother in law was station manager in Africa, when the ground crew learned he was getting paid 20 times what they were getting they said 'he should do 20 times the work' so much for quartenary economic activity but I like the logic

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