Sunday, March 25, 2007

I Think I Found A New Way To Get An Upgrade

Man flies first class seated near corpse
Woman upgraded after dying in economy during flight from Delhi to London

LONDON - A passenger in first class woke up to a shock when he found himself sitting near a corpse on a British Airways flight, British newspapers reported on Monday. Paul Trinder, 54, said cabin crew moved the body of the elderly woman from the economy section where she had died after take-off, the Mirror and Sun tabloids said. "The corpse was strapped into the seat but because of turbulence it kept slipping down on to the floor," Trinder, a businessman, was quoted as saying. "It was horrific. The body had to be wedged in place with lots of pillows."

This story teaches me a few things:
1) Never go to sleep in first class.
2) They might not upgrade you at boarding time, but you still have a shot a riding up front.
It seems like the flight crew might have watched "Weekend At Bernie's" in the last few weeks because it can't possibly be written in the flight manual to "Give an automatic upgrade to any passengers that expire during flight".
All in all this is sad, not the way I'd want to check-out, if you know what I mean.
I wonder if you bought the preflight insurance if it would pay up.

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