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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 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.
Comment by vilma heath on June 15, 2017 at 6:18am

This so very disrespectful , that poor woman, rip , my condolences to her family

Comment by Cee Gee on June 15, 2017 at 6:15am

I believe it....no respect is given to my sisters.  Sorry for the family's loss and I hope they sue the airline.  That woman's body should have been treated with respect.  They wouldn't have done that if she was white.

Comment by lynz on June 15, 2017 at 12:15am
This is so sad.. my condolences!
Comment by Robert on June 14, 2017 at 10:51pm
I SAID IT FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS.
AMERICAN AIRLINES AND UNITED AIRLINES are rated 2 of the worst Airlines in the world..

Anywhere from abuse to taking your life in your hands, those Airlines absolutely horrible.
Comment by Lu on June 14, 2017 at 7:45pm

Only to a BLACK woman, they will do something like this. SMH. Fire burn all of them that took part in this. AHHS

Comment by kat wig on June 14, 2017 at 6:03pm
This is INSANE!

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