Swedish Lena Pettersson Reimbursed by Kenya Airways After Man Died Midway Through Flight to Tanzania

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Lena Pettersson, a reporter for Radio Sweden, has been partially reimbursed for her $1,400 flight to Tanzania after a man across the aisle died mid-way through the flight, and she was unable to change seats.

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While much is being made of Pettersson’s ordeal, not much has been reported about the poor man who died en route to Dar es Salaam.  Pettersson said he appeared to be in his mid-thirties and was “sweating and had seizures” when she boarded the plane in Amsterdam.

“Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway,” she said.

Swedish Lena Pettersson Reimbursed by Kenya Airways After Man Died Midway Through Flight to Tanzania

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A few hours into the overnight flight he died, despite efforts by the crew and other passengers to revive him, reports say.

“I asked to move, but they said there were no other places,” Pettersson explained“Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss.”

Seemingly unsure of what to do with the man, flight attendants wrapped him in a blanket and laid him across a set of seats, with Pattersson across the aisle.  Because he was tall, his feet jutted into the aisle, and were allegedly only a few inches from her.

She feels “much better” now that the airline has given her a little over $700.  “It is reasonable,” she concluded, according to the New York Daily News.