Woman On Plane Denied Call To Suicidal Husband: Southwest Passenger Denied Emergency Call To Husband, He Commits Suicide

A woman was denied making a phone call on a plane to stop her husband from committing suicide. Karen Momsen-Evers from Wisconsin received a text message from her suicidal husband saying he was going to kill himself. She sent a text back, but flight attendants forbid her to call before the plane was to take off, Mashable reports. She was instructed to put her cell phone on airplane mode.

The text message that Evers received from her husband, Andy, read: “Karen, please for forgive me for what I am about to do, I am going to kill myself.”

Evers said she tried calling her husband again once the plane was at cruising altitude, but was denied making the phone call by another flight attendant, she tells WTMJ4.

“The steward slapped the phone down and said you need to go on airplane mode now.”

The distraught passenger had to sit and wait out the flight for over 2-and-a-half hours from New Orleans back to Milwaukee.

The passenger said that she was told by Southwest that FAA regulations didn’t allow her to call when she wanted to. Due to this policy, Evers believes being denied that phone call ultimately resulted in her husband’s suicide. She thought she could stop it.