Woman forced to sit near corpse on flight gets refund

Jun 25, 2012, 07:53 IST | Agencies

A Swedish woman has received a partial refund after she was forced to sit near a dead man during an international flight.

Lena Pettersson had just boarded her Tanzania-bound flight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol when she noticed a man in his 30s looking unwell. Pettersson, a journalist with Sveriges Radio, said that the man “was sweating and had cramps (seizures).” After the Kenya Airways plane took off, the man died. Cabin crew laid out the dead man across three seats and covered him with a blanket — but left his legs and feet sticking out, Pettersson said.

For the remainder of the overnight flight, Pettersson was forced to sit near the dead man, with just an aisle separating her and the corpse. “Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss,” Pettersson said.

After her holiday in Tanzania, Pettersson lodged a complaint with Kenya Airways, eventually receiving a 5,000-kronor (Rs 40,700) refund, half the price of her plane ticket.

Woman gets refund for sitting with obese man
In 2010, a Canadian regional airline has given a full refund to a passenger after she complained she was forced to sit next to an obese passenger who took up half her seat. 

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