Radio Sweden reporter, Lena Petterson, said she was given no choice but to sit next to a corpse for much of her 10-hour flight to Tanzania.
According to New York Daily News, the Pettersson had revealed that the dead passenger, a man in his 30s, had appeared sickly when they boarded the Dar es Salaam-bound Kenya Airways aircraft, during a stop over at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport.
“He was sweating and had seizures. Air hostesses were there all along, but the plane took off anyway.”
The visibly ill passenger died hours into the overnight flight. Efforts by the crew to save his life failed. Pettersson, who was headed to Tanzania on vacation, said she had asked to be moved, but was told there are no other places to sit.
She had to sit next to the corpse for the rest of the trip, an inconvenience she alerted the airline to in an email when she returned from the trip.
The airline apologized and refunded half of Pettersson’s $1,400 ticket. She said: “I am happy with it. I think it was a reasonable substitute.”