Minnesota EMTs on Monday removed a partially clothed woman found unresponsive in a packed plane’s bathroom — as some passengers criticized the way they removed her from the flight.
Relatives identified the woman as Theresa Hines, 48, of Carrollton, Tex. She died shortly after emergency workers found her unresponsive in the bathroom of an American Airlines Boeing 737 en route from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Ross Feinstein, an American Airlines spokesman, said in a statement to the Daily News the airline crew onboard provided medical assistance to Hines, who they described was “in medical distress” before landing.
“The paramedics worked immediately to remove our passenger from the aircraft and provide her with medical aid, but unfortunately, they were unable to revive her,” Feinstein said.
Airport officials emphasized they had followed the proper protocols.
“From our standpoint everything was handled according to the textbook,” airport spokesman Pat Hogan told The Associated Press.
Hogan said Hines was wearing underwear and a shirt at the time of the incident. When the plane landed, medics transported her out of the plane in a portable stretcher down the aisle, he said.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Elizabeth Elizalde and Meera Jagannathan