What Happens To Dead Airplane Passengers?
A lead trainer at the airline admitted that handling a recently deceased flier is still a ‘grey area’. She tells:
You cannot put a dead passenger in the toilet. It’s not respectful and [the corpse] is not strapped in for landing. If they slid off the toilet, they would end up on the floor. You would have to take the aircraft apart to get that person out. Imagine putting someone in the aircraft toilet?!
In a nice, easy world – where someone dying on an aircraft isn’t – you put them back on seats. I know a crew member who had to sit next to someone who passed away for the rest of the flight. All of this is such a horrible topic.
Once seated, flight attendants should ‘tuck a blanket’ right up to the corpse’s neck. If there is space in first class, they should be placed there, and all the nearby passengers should be informed.