"I Don't See Dead People" Regulation Aimed At Easing Onboard
ANN 04.01.07 SPECIAL
EDITION: The proliferation of recent stories of people who
have passed away during commercial airline flights -- and have then
been moved to unexpected places onboard -- brings the most popular
line from the 1999 movie "The Sixth Sense" -- "I see dead people"
-- to a whole new level.
In response to these recent publicized occurrences, a new rule
for US airlines will be implemented July 1, 2007 relegating the
deceased to an airplane's cargo bay, in the same area where pets
are housed. Each aircraft will have, as SOP, a simple casket
available for the unexpected, according to the Airline Transport
Views, naturally, are mixed on this announcement.
"I am glad that this is being done," said one recent first-class
passenger, who awoke from a nap onboard a British Airways flight to
see the previously-vacant seat next to her being occupied by a
dead passenger from coach class.
A view from the other side (no, not THAT 'other side') comes
from a grieving second cousin twice removed -- whose second
cousin twice removed, if he had passed away after this new rule,
would be among the canine cargo.
"It's an insult to the family that a person in that condition
(dead) would be taken from the cabin. Having that person remain
onboard would give fellow travelers a chance to grieve, if you turn
off the multi-media at each seat. Um, I do like the idea of a
casket, just in case."
Both the ATA and Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have backed
this new rule.
"We want to ensure that our passengers have the best onboard
experience possible. Having people recently deceased onboard does
not enhance that experience," said one ALPA member.