A dying woman on an American Airlines flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota was reportedly dragged half-naked from the plane.
In a report from the Minnesota Star Tribune, Theresa Hines died shortly after she was found in the rear bathroom of an American Airlines plane flying from Dallas to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. However, some accounts from people aboard the flight claim that Hines was not only half-naked when she was taken off the plane but was dragged through the aisle too.
As the Tribune wrote:
A passenger, distressed by what he saw, said the woman was naked from the waist down when she was removed and that emergency workers should have covered her.
American Airlines officials said the woman was wearing underwear and a shirt when she was taken off the plane on a portable stretcher following what airport police classified as a possible case of cardiac arrest. ‘That’s baloney,’ said passenger Art Endress. He said he was seated not far from the bathroom when an emergency medical technician (EMT) boarded with other responders, stood behind her head and ‘dragged her down the aisle.’
Hines reportedly went to the bathroom about halfway through the flight of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Flight attendants ultimately realized that someone was still in the bathroom when they were going through landing directions. After receiving no response from their knocks or inquiries the door was opened and attendants immediately asked for any doctor or nurse who might be aboard.
American Airlines officials said a “team of flight attendants, a doctor, three nurses and other folks tended to our passenger before the flight landed.” Upon landing, Hines was taken to the jet bridge where emergency workers spent about an hour trying to revive her.
“We are deeply saddened by this event and our thoughts and prayers go out to our passenger’s loved ones,” the airline said in a statement.
A GoFundMe has been created to help Hines’ family with funeral expenses.