You think you hate to travel, imagine sitting next to a dead corpse for an entire flight!
That’s what happened to a Swedish woman during a recent Kenya Airways flight, after she was forced to sit through a ten-hour trip to Tanzania next to a dead passenger.
Lena Pettersson, a journalist with Radio Sweden, boarded a flight in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and immediately noticed that a man in his 30s who was seated directly across the aisle from her was seriously ill.
Pettersson told Sveriges Radio:
"He was sweating and having seizures…Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway."
Someone on the flight who had medical training performed cardiac massage on the ailing man, however their efforts to revive the sick passenger failed, and he passed away just hours into the overnight flight bound for Dar es Salaam.
While the crew moved people seated next to the deceased man, there was nowhere for Pettersson or her friend to relocate.
"Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss," she said.
The cabin crew appeared at a loss as to what to do next, so flight attendants wrapped the corpse in a blanket as best they could and laid him out across three seats.
Pettersson said the deceased man was rather tall, so his legs were sticking out across the narrow aisle, mere inches from her.
When Pettersson returned from her trip, she lodged a complaint with Kenya Airways and demanded compensation.
After a couple of months of back-and-forth emails, she received $713, which was only half the price of her ticket, as well as an apology.
"I am happy with it. I think it was a reasonable substitute," Pettersson said.
They really couldn’t give her a full refund, AND she had to sit next to a dead body?!