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Body of woman who died in a bathroom on American Airlines flight is 'dragged naked below the waist down plane's aisle to horror of 150 other passengers'

Body of dead jet passenger 'dragged half-naked down aisle'

  • Theresa Hines, 48, of Texas died on a Dallas-Minneapolis flight on Monday
  • Staff only realized when a passenger was missing after the flight landed
  • A witness said an EMT pulled Hines down the aisle with her lower half exposed
  • The airport said she needed to be taken to a place where she could be revived
  • It also said that she was not half-naked, despite the other passenger's claim
  • Hines may have died halfway through the two-hour-45-minute flight 

A woman who collapsed and died in the rear bathroom on an American Airlines flight was dragged naked from the waist down past other passengers by a medic, witnesses say.

Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, collapsed in the bathroom while flying from Dallas to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport on Monday afternoon. 

Her body was removed from the plane after it landed, but passengers said the EMT left her lower half exposed as he dragged her, face up, down the aisle of the Boeing 737, the StarTribune reported.

Tragic: Theresa Hines (pictured) died in the bathroom of an American Airlines flight Monday
'Naked': A witness said Theresa's body was dragged out half-naked. She's seen here with her son, Alex McQuirter

Tragic: Theresa Hines (left, and right with son Alex McQuirter) died in the bathroom of an American Airlines flight Monday. A witness said her body was dragged out half-naked

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.

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. 

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'.

Shocked: Passengers were shocked by the sight. A Minneapolis-St Paul airport spokesman denied that she was uncovered when being taken off the flight by EMTs 

Shocked: Passengers were shocked by the sight. A Minneapolis-St Paul airport spokesman denied that she was uncovered when being taken off the flight by EMTs 

 

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Comment by maggie gillespie on June 17, 2017 at 8:10am

My Condolences to her son and may she Rest In Peace...

Comment by le on June 17, 2017 at 6:24am
Some people are so insensitive
Comment by John saxon on June 16, 2017 at 10:37am
@Omar you think it's easy to see a person unconscious and not try your best to wake them. They didn't conclude she was dead until they realized they could not revive her. You is a damn simple thinking house n**** . Yes if it was my family member I would want them to move as quickly as possible to save them. You stay there worrying about their appearance, you are a dunce
Comment by Omar on June 16, 2017 at 9:48am
And how is that an emergency?? The sistah was no longer alive & breathing. That's NOT an emergency, it's a situation.
Comment by Omar on June 16, 2017 at 9:46am
@John GTFOH. That's your opinion, what if that was your Grand Mother or Mother or better yet your Wife?!?!?
Comment by John saxon on June 16, 2017 at 9:32am
It's was a damn emergency . You are a set of A*******. It was a emergency they were trying to save her life . People need to realize that jackass
Comment by Jessy on June 15, 2017 at 7:10pm

I never even heard of a corpse being passed by people without being covered up.  What happened to the blankets airliners give passengers?

Comment by barrington james on June 15, 2017 at 6:03pm
They broke prodigal, once some one past away all passengers should be boarded and the body taking off with a lift truck
Comment by Jessy on June 15, 2017 at 12:15pm

That could have been any of us!  At least cover her up!  The poor woman wasn't alive to defend herself.  From now on, all those passengers who witnessed that woman's body will undress her with their eyes whenever they see pictures of her face because they all know what her downstairs looked like.  Pathetic. It makes the airliners who handled it look like perverts.

Comment by Omar on June 15, 2017 at 6:34am
Sleep in peace my Sistah.

Ain't s*** changed in our country but the gotdamn date. The enemy remains the enemy, only difference is now we pay for the abuse they level on us. Spend your money w/those whom respect your humanity.

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