Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
I think I might have an answer as to why they took their father on a flight when more than likey he was already dead. It costs signigicantly less to buy a ticket for a "live" body than a dead one. Cargo costs are quite high. Many years ago that is precisely what a woman told my husband who was working international arrivals for PanAm. Her father got on in FCO knowing he probably wouldn't live through the flight, he got as far as customs when he expired. Lots and lots of paperwork for that one.
Zoomer From Netherlands, joined Dec 2000, 221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
Hey PanAm, what do you know? It may well have been his own wish to try and get home to die and his son was probably just carrying out his father's wishes. Please don't pass judgement on an event on which you know absolutely NOTHING about regarding the background to it all.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6470 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2201 times:
I really do feel for the mans family. Seriously. However, having a rather warped sense of humour, I think it's funny.
My question is why the hell did the people on the ground not notice something was amiss? If I were escorting an elderly and ill person to an aircraft I would certainly notice that they were DEAD! Believe it, or not, it is actually quite easy to tell a dead person from a sleeping person. I've been by the side of far too many friends and family at the moment they died to ever be mistaken.
I suspect that HP is not totally at fault. There must have been someone escorting the poor man to the gate. I cannot imagine the gate agent not asking if the man was alright.
Anyway he died, it would appear, a very peacefull death after having seen his family and knowing that he was loved. Rather unlike a friends brother who died 3 weeks ago from a heart attack. No one was able to reach my friends brother for many years due to his depression. He died on his bathroom floor and wasn't found for a week.
OK, the last was off topic in a way. My base point is that a man died being loved. That is more important than where, or how, he died.
PS : To those that may have a hard time with me finding humour in a death, get over it. I plan to die in such a way that people will laugh about it for years. It's an old family tradition.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.