Sitting next to an unruly passenger, a crying toddler – or even a creepy, life-like doll – on a long flight can be a challenge.
But what if you were assigned a seat adjacent to a corpse?
Well, that’s what happened aboard an Azur Air plane when passengers were forced to sit with a dead body after a woman died on a flight from Antalya, Turkey to Moscow, Russia.
?The unidentified woman was returning home from vacation, accompanied by her husband, who said she was diabetic and did not carry her medication in her carry-on luggage.
She died after reportedly suffering a seizure.
The airline crew covered her body and laid it in the aisle beside other passengers.
Commercial airline pilot and author of “Cockpit Confidential,” Patrick Smith, told Business Insider that the decision to deal with cases in which someone dies on a plane may vary, depending upon the airline’s policies.
"Protocols vary airline to airline," he said. "Decisions such as whether the flight should divert are handled on a case-to-case basis."
Smith wrote in his book while some flight crews choose to store the corpse away from other passengers in vacant rows, others place the deceased person on the floor in a cabin at the back of the plane.
In case of crowded flights where availability of vacant rows is an issue, the corpse is covered up and strapped into a seat.
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