Another controversy on board a plane has occurred after a dying woman was ‘dragged’ off an American Airlines flight when found unconscious in the bathroom. Flight crew and EMTs apparently didn’t cover her half-naked body, to the outrage of passengers.
Emergency responders boarded an American Airlines plane at the Twin Cities airport in Minnesota to help crew with an unconscious woman found in the bathroom. After assessing the woman, they determined she needed immediate medical attention, and dragged her off the plane on a stretcher. But as the EMTs rushed her down the aisle of the packed plane, which made an emergency landing on its way from Dallas to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, passengers noticed something awful: nobody covered up her body with a blanket, and she was reported naked from the waist down. The woman, identified as Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, died on the tarmac after responders attempted to revive her for an hour.
“The EMT was out of line,” passenger Art Endress, 63, who was seated near the rear bathroom where Theresa was found, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He reported that the EMTs “dragged her down the aisle. “The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her.” There are conflicting reports on her state of undress when she was taken off the plane. American Airlines officials said that she was wearing a shirt and underwear, and not completely naked. Another passenger, Dave Sampsell, told the paper that she was wearing pants, but they were unfastened.
Minnesota State Police spokesperson Paul Hogan defended the actions of the emergency crew from Alina Health and the airport, saying they “were focused on trying to save her life and get her in the jetway, where they can continue to try to resuscitate her.” American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein echoed that statement, saying the flight crew did what they can “when a passenger is in medical distress,” and then handed over the responsibility for the passenger to the local first responders [and] stand clear of the situation. We let them do their work.”
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Theresa’s family during this difficult time.