A woman died Monday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency in an airplane bathroom and the emergency crew is accused of dragging her down the aisle while she was half-dressed.
According to ABC 5 and the Associated Press, the incident happened on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Airport spokesman Pat Hogan said in the report that the woman died shortly after being rushed off the plane.
"They basically dragged a naked woman down the aisle," passenger Art Endress said. "I thought the EMT's could've done a little more for the dignity of this person who had just died on the plane, and also there were children on the plane, that you know, they don't need to see that."
Hogan argued that emergency workers used a portable stretcher to bring her down the aisle, and that the workers did nothing wrong.
Endress said attendants noticed that a passenger didn't return to her seat when the plane was gearing up to land. The attendants found the woman in the bathroom.
In an email to the Star Tribune, passenger Dave Sampsell said the woman was not half naked like Endress claimed. “Her pants were unfastened, but I saw nothing that any of the airline or EMT staff did inappropriately.”
Relatives identified the woman as Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Texas, according to the Star Tribune.
American Airlines officials said the woman was wearing underwear and a shirt when she was taken off the plane. Airport police have classified the incident as a possible case of cardiac arrest.
Dr. David Feldshon, who has responded to medical emergencies while mid-flight, told ABC 5, "In an emergency the first order of business is to take care of the patient, and unfortunately some of the niceties of having her dressed may go unanswered, but the EMT's I'm sure were trying to save her life.”
Endress maintains that “the EMT was out of line.”
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