Emergency responders at the Twin Cities airport on Monday removed an unresponsive, partly clothed woman from the back of a commercial airliner in an effort to render medical aid.
She died shortly after she was found in the rear bathroom of an American Airlines Boeing 737 flying from Dallas to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said MSP spokesman Patrick Hogan.
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.
“She was not half-naked,” said passenger Dave Sampsell in an e-mail. “Her pants were unfastened, but I saw nothing that any of the airline or EMT staff did inappropriately.”
American Airlines officials said the woman was wearing underwear and a shirt when she was taken off the plane on a portable stretcher.
“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.”
“The EMT was out of line,” said Endress, 63, a research engineer at Southern Methodist University.
“The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her” as she went past some of the 150 or so seated passengers, Endress added.
Hogan said responders from Allina Health and the airport “were focused on trying to save her life and get her in the…Read More