Reporting Leigh Ann Adam
Lena Pettersson, a passenger on an international flight from Amsterdam to Tanzania was forced to sit near a corpse during the 10-hour flight.
International Business Times is reporting that Pettersson boarded a flight in Amsterdam and was seated next to a man in his 30′s who appeared to be seriously ill.
“He was sweating and having seizures,” Pettersson, a journalist for Radio Sweden told Sveriges Radio. “Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway.”
According to the report despite efforts by a passenger who performed CPR, then man died while aboard the flight bound to Dar es Salaam.
The crew of Kenya Airways wrapped the corpse in a blanket and placed him lying across three seats. Passengers who were seated next to the man were relocated to new seats, however Pettersson was forced to remain seated near the man in the next aisle for the remainder of the overnight flight.
“Of course it was unpleasant,” Pettersson told The Local, “But I am not a person who makes a fuss.”
Pettersson did file a complaint with the airline, and was partially reimbursed for her experience. Se was refunded $713, which was about half of her boarding pass.
“This feels much better,” Pettersson said. “It is reasonable.”