RIP Philo

First class airline perks

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/article2368991.ece
A British Airways passenger was refused compensation and told by the airline to "get over it" after a corpse was placed in the row where he was sitting last week.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 23rd, 2007 6:44am
If you fly Qantas you might get luckier.
Permalink trollop 
March 23rd, 2007 8:16am
"The woman had been in economy class when she died "

Upgrades cost a lot these days, don't they?
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March 23rd, 2007 9:14am
Stephen -
You slashdotted their site.
Way to go.



;-)
Permalink xampl 
March 23rd, 2007 10:39am
Ehh?
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 23rd, 2007 11:10am
"I've paid 3,000 pounds for this!"

Don't complain, or everybody will want one!  Shoot, how often is it that you get to spend a plane flight from Delhi next to a dead person?

And "to slash dot" means to push a website into 503 "too many connection" errors, by posting the website link somewhere where millions of people are going to try to connect to it.

Funny, I didn't think CoT HAD that many people...
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 11:44am
I agree with the passenger that you should get a refund of your first class ticket AND a free RT ticket anywhere in the world with no restrictions if you are forced to spend your 1st class trip next to a corpse.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 23rd, 2007 11:48am
Well, when you put it that way, that does seem fair.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 11:51am
He says he paid £3000, which is $5890, for a 1st class ticket. It's not just the bigger seat you're buying, it's the expectation that they won't be dumping dead bodies next to you.

The airline could have handled this better too. So, there was only one empty seat on the flight, in first class. Great. You find a clean, nice looking woman in business class. You upgrade her to 1st class. You then find some quiet looking type in economy and put him in the vacant seat in business. Then the body, you put in economy. If the person complains, you say "What the fuck you expect, freak, this is fucking economy. In economy, if we say you sit next to a fucking corpse, you sit next to a fucking corpse and you ENJOY it."
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 23rd, 2007 1:08pm
who would be so freaking selfish that they would complain about something like that.  people die.  sometimes its inconvenient for those around them.  get over it.

christ Im glad thats not my son, Id die of shame at his whinging.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 23rd, 2007 1:11pm
or at least offer the guy a discount on his fare so that he's paying economy.

sitting beside a dead person should not be in the realm of expectation when purchasing an airline ticket.

otoh, i'd rather a (non-smelly) dead guy than a screaming kid.
Permalink Kenny 
March 23rd, 2007 1:32pm
hmmm... actually, since she died on route, it should be in the realm of expectation.  i take it back.
Permalink Kenny 
March 23rd, 2007 1:35pm
No, people dying "in route" would not be in the realm of expectation.

Why, I've flown lots of times, and I've NEVER had somebody die on the plane.  It's certainly not in MY expectation.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 1:38pm
Imagine the death certificate.

Place of expiration: Economy class
Permalink xampl 
March 23rd, 2007 1:51pm
>>No, people dying "in route" would not be in the realm of expectation.

>>Why, I've flown lots of times, and I've NEVER had somebody die on the plane.  It's certainly not in MY expectation.


i don't mean to a high degree of probability.  when i buy a ticket, i realize that there's a chance they'll sit me beside someone who might have a heart attack and die.  i don't expect the airline to make health checks so only passengers who are 0% likely to die en route will sit next to me.

i do expect them not to stick a corpse anywhere near to me, however.
Permalink Send private email Kenny 
March 23rd, 2007 2:02pm
why did they move the corpse next to him?  Isn't there something "fair" about the if someone dies next to you, you ride next to a corpse?
Permalink z-z-zed 
March 23rd, 2007 2:25pm
"why did they move the corpse next to him?"

there were no other seats.


come on people.  if she had been put back into economy class to avoid upsetting anyone everyone would be jumping down the airlines throat of devaluing her.  certainly if she was my family I would be pissed at the idea that her death was inconvenient for some rich ponce and so she was shuffled about.

a lady died.  that lady was a mother, a daughter, a lover, a worker, a sister, an aunt....she had a _life_.

burbling on about how her death was inconvenient to some poor delicate sack who was forced to sit beside her once she was dead is just cheap.

its bad enough she died surrounded by strangers, lets not exaggerate the importance of the very minor inconvenience she caused.

the guy on that plane is a spoilt, entitled piece of shit.  should have been him that died.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 23rd, 2007 3:00pm
He may die yet -- we don't know what she died of, it could be contagious.

No, I agree with the solution that says IF the airline had to do that, the LEAST they could do would be to refund his ticket.

Telling him "just suck it up" is not a good solution.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 3:10pm
"He may die yet"

...Ill pray for him...


" LEAST they could do would be to refund his ticket."

meh.  it would have had more style.  OTOH given that they didn't the least he could do is suck it up.  he had a _way_ better day than she and her family did.  a little gratitude wouldn't go amiss.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 23rd, 2007 3:14pm
"why did they move the corpse next to him?"

>> there were no other seats.

Oh, the lady died right next to him? well, so it goes then. 

I though she died and was moved next to him....for unknown reasons.
Permalink z-z-zed 
March 23rd, 2007 3:20pm
No, I read she died in Economy class, and was MOVED out of economy class into first class -- presumably so the Economy class passengers wouldn't riot or something.

Plus, a stiffening corpse would be easier to move in and out of the larger seats in first class (I assume, -- shudder -- )

It really is an off-the-wall situation, you have to admit.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 3:24pm
In my view, the price of airline ticket includes the risk that the person next to you might be a screaming baby, a nyphomanic blonde model, or a corpse. 

Moving a corpse next to you?  Well, I guess they could have their reasons. 

Why was he questioned by the police and a coroner?
Permalink z-z-zed 
March 23rd, 2007 4:02pm
"Why was he questioned..?" -- Now THAT'S a good question.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 23rd, 2007 4:08pm
You can forget about a refund or discount. This is British Airways. They put the flight time of a friend's flight six hours forward so he missed the flight. They refused to pay additional expenses, compensation for the inconvenience, or even the supplement the substitute airline charged because they said it was the travel agent's fault for not using Star Trek to locate him and beam the message down in the middle of China.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
March 23rd, 2007 5:56pm
"He may die yet -- we don't know what she died of, it could be contagious."

The live people on the plane with you are likely carrying all kinds of cooties too.

What's the big deal about being near a dead old lady?  She's not oozing bodily fluids and it's too soon for her to be "fragrant".  So shut up and pretend she's asleep, and have some compassion for her family members back in Coach.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 23rd, 2007 7:06pm
+1 AG.  ok, so maybe not a 'terrifying' snob.  maybe just a slightly scary one :)
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 23rd, 2007 8:23pm
Well, I wouldn't have been THRILLED if a corpse was next to me, but what else could the air crew do?  Throw her out the hatchway?
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 23rd, 2007 8:30pm
Lock her in the bathroom.

Give her one of the bunks in the crew rest area.

Stick her in the cargo hold.

Basically, there aren't any good answers.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
March 23rd, 2007 9:32pm
Tie her to the top of the airplane, like Chevy Chase did in that movie.
Permalink Regular Poster 
March 23rd, 2007 10:17pm