Woman sits next to corpse on long-haul flight after fellow passenger dies

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A Swedish woman was forced to sit next to the dead body of a man who passed away mid-flight on a Kenya Airways service from Amsterdam to Tanzania.

Lena Pettersson, a reporter for Sveriges Radio (SR), noticed the man sitting in the aisle directly opposite her was feeling unwell not long after she boarded the flight at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.

According to The Local, she told SR that "he was sweating and was having convulsions", adding that flight attendants were present but the plane took off all the same.

When the passenger plane was airborne, cabin crew put out a call for medical assistance and the man, thought to have been in his 30s, was given cardiac massage.

However, he died a few hours later, leaving Lena to sit next to his corpse for around 4.5 hours.

Ms Pettersson explained that staff seemed baffled by what to do, so they wrapped him in blankets and laid him out on the row over three seats.

She later told Expressen.se: "Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss."

But, when she got home after her holiday, she decided to seek compensation from the airline.

Petterson was refunded 5000 kronor (about £450), which amounted to half the cost of her ticket.

She told SR: "This feels much better. It is reasonable."

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