Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
insomnia

Sardines in a can... with an in-flight magazine!

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of complaints against airlines squeezing their passengers into smaller and smaller seats with less and less legroom. For most people, this is just an annoyance... but it looks like it can also be fatal.

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UK Woman Dies of 'Economy Class Syndrome' -Reports

LONDON (Reuters) - A bride-to-be collapsed and died from a condition known as ``economy class syndrome'' just minutes after getting off a flight from Australia to London, British newspapers reported on Monday.

Emma Christofferson, 28, developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot associated with long distance flights, while traveling home to London from the Olympic Games (news - web sites) on a Qantas flight via Singapore.

The Marks & Spencer sales assistant complained of feeling unwell on the last part of the 12,000-mile (19,310 km) trip and collapsed in the arrival hall at Heathrow airport. She died 10 days ago, before reaching hospital.

The condition is frequently caused by long periods spent in cramped conditions. Tightly packed seating -- such as that found in the economy class section of airliners -- can restrict movement and trigger the blood clot illness.

A post mortem confirmed the cause of death as DVT, in which a blood clot in the leg works its way into the heart or lungs. Sudden death is a likely outcome.

A spokeswoman for Qantas was quoted as saying: ``The safety of our passengers is always of paramount importance and we refer to the possible effects of flying in our in-flight magazine.''

It advises passengers to move their legs and feet for three or four minutes per hour to improve circulation.

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Um... excuse me? They want me to read in their in-flight magazine about how they know they may kill me because they chose to give me absolutely no space to move... and then they have the gall to tell me that the solution is to move my legs? How about if I move my size 13 Doc Martins right up their arse?!!

I normally hate excessive law suits, but oooooh it would be a nice idea; maybe it would scare airlines enough that they would start treating their passengers like people again...
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