wilco
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Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:25 am

Okay. This is just weird. This appears to be in the passenger cabin, not cargo, so I don't think it is for the scheduled transporting of bodies, but rather for inflight deaths (this is also what the photographer says). So are inflight deaths that common that this is needed? Am I the only airline employee/fan that finds this as an odd use of precious aircraft space? Do any other commercial aircraft (this is an SQ A345) have this feature?

The photo's caption read: "An unusual feature found in this A345 is this air conditioned compartment used to store bodies. Although rare, in flight deaths have occured periodically with several airlines."


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RE: Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:47 am

Let's all hope the meal service is finished before they put John Q. Public in the deep freeze.

Man, that is just eerie.
 
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RE: Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:54 am

All I got to say is WOW!! I have never heard of anything like that. Of course this leads to many questions. How 'dead' would the person have to be to be placed into that hold? Who would determine if to put a person in to that hold (any medical doctor on board?) Has this ever been used on any flight? While it seems to appear to be like a coroner's storage body drawer, is it refrigerated? What about the ...umm...body fluids? Is a body bag used? How do you get the body on/in the hold, wait until turns stiff then tip over onto the shelf? Do the f/a's help get the body in? Would this be used only when more than a certain number of hours into flight, over problem countries (Russia, Middle East), where no airport within x number of minutes where can drop off the body? Could this be used as a sleeping compartment for off-duty f/a's or for non-rev pax  Big grin
 
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RE: Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 7:40 am

Could this be used as a sleeping compartment for off-duty f/a's or for non-rev pax

I couldn't help but thinking of the capsule-hotels in Tokyo.
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RE: Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 11:49 am

Hmmm.

I suspect it will be used more by F/A's storing their lunches then anything else.
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RE: Commercial Aircraft "Body" Drawer

Thu Mar 11, 2004 12:01 pm

I know the SQ A345 is being used on very long non-stop routes but just how many people are they expecting to die in their sleep? Or is DVT considered such a risk on these flights?  Wink/being sarcastic
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