Theresa Hines body, naked from the waist down is removed from down a plane aisle after the American Airlines passenger dies during a flight.
Disconcert has come to the fore with the revelation that a woman’s body, naked from the waist down, being dragged past other passengers by medics on a recent American Airlines flight, after she’d suffered a ‘medical emergency’ in the bathroom.
A report via the StarTribune identified the woman, as Theresa Hines a 48 year old Carrollton, Texas woman who’d been flying from Dallas to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport on Monday afternoon. At the time of her eventual death, Hines had been traveling alone.
Despite efforts to save the woman’s life, Hines, a Customer Support Supervisor was declared shortly after the plane landed reported The Dallas Morning News.
It wasn’t until the flight landed that an unresponsive Hines was removed from the plane, nevertheless passengers said medics had left the woman’s lower half exposed as they dragged her face up, down the aisle of the Boeing 737.
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.’
Matters first came to a head when staff performing a headcount noticed that one of the passengers was not seated.
After not receiving responses from the bathroom, 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, with the dying woman’s body transported down the aircraft.
Passengers later told of having tried and failed to get into the bathroom where Hines had become unconscious about halfway through the two-hour-45-minute flight.
Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American, said that staff will ‘of course’ check a bathroom that has been occupied an unusually long time – if they are made aware of it.
Retorting claims that the dying woman was naked whilst she was being removed, was Minneapolis-St Paul airport spokesman Patrick Hogan, who said Hines was wearing underwear and a shirt as she was being removed from the plane.
Hogan said 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.’
Reiterated passenger, Endress, ‘The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on 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.’
The controversy surrounding the treatment of Hines’ body comes just two months after a Kentucky doctor, David Dao, was dragged off an overbooked United flight, causing national outrage regarding US airliner attitudes towards passengers.