A 48-year-old moribund woman was found collapsed in the toilet of an American Airlines flight before she was taken through the aisle with little clothes on, according to witnesses.
The passenger, Theresa Hines, flaked out on a Dallas to Minneapolis flight on Monday afternoon.
Cabin crew learnt of her condition after a regular headcount during the 2-hour and 45-minute flight detected one passenger unseated. Hines was found flaked out in the rear bathroom of the Boeing 737 when a staff member opened the door.
After the landing, witnesses reported that there was a moribund woman, who identifies as Hines, pulled through the aisle of the plane flaked out and half-clothed, while she was taken to a plane stretcher.
Art Endress, a passenger who was seated near the rear bathroom, told the Star Tribune how the medics “dragged her down the aisle.” He called the emergency response “out of line” and added “The flight attendants could have thrown a blanket on her.”
Other passengers on the flight have other views that were different from Endress’ report. Dave Sampsell, who also claimed that he was among of the passengers, told the Star Tribune: “She was not half naked. Her pants were unfastened, but I saw nothing that any of the airline or EMT staff did inappropriately.”
American Airlines say the woman had a shirt and an underwear on her when she was pulled through the aisle on a portable stretcher.
A spokesman for American Airlines attempted to justify the controversial situation. “when a passenger is in medical distress and we hand over the responsibility for the passenger to the local first responders, we let them do their work.”
Minneapolis-St Paul airport spokesman Patrick Hogan confirmed that Hines passed away shortly after she was found. He added that all staff “were focused on trying to save her life and get her in the jetway, to try to resuscitate her.”