A woman died in flight on American Airlines while in the bathroom. Her body that was nude from the waist down was drug down the aisle in front of the horrified passengers. Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, collapsed and died in the rear bathroom of the plane and a medic drug her body face up down the aisle without covering up her naked body.
Hines was exposed to the 150 other passengers as she was pulled down the length of the plane on a portable stretcher, witnesses said.
‘The EMT was out of line on that one,’ said witness Art Endress, 63. ‘Also, the flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her.’
Endress and other passengers first became aware something was wrong when staff performing a headcount noticed that one of the passengers was not seated.
After not receiving responses from the bathroom, the staff members opened the door to find Hines and called for help, to which a nurse and a doctor responded.
As soon as the plane landed, EMTs boarded and she was transported down the aircraft.
Endress said that a passenger sitting near him said she had tried and failed to get into that bathroom about halfway through the two-hour-45-minute flight.
Minneapolis-St Paul airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said that Hines was ‘not naked’ when she was removed.
He added that the first responders ‘were focused on trying to save her life and get her in the jetway, where they can continue to try to resuscitate her’.
Endress said that the remaining passengers stayed on the plane for about an hour while resuscitation attempts continued; a tarp was then placed up in the jetway to hide the woman as passengers disembarked.
Feinstein said that once a plane has landed, staff ‘hand over the responsibility for the passenger to the local first responders [and] stand clear of the situation. We let them do their work’.