British Airways has decided that the propping up a deceased passenger, putting sunglasses on him and having him hold a newspaper was not – repeat NOT – the best way to handle the death of a passenger on board. Nor is pretending the dead passenger is sleeping.
The new protocol for deceased passengers calls for flight crew to move the passenger to an empty seat in the First Class cabin (future Flyertalk thread: “FA Gave My First Class Seat to Dead Passenger…What Compensation Do They Owe Me?”). The new protocol also reiterates not – repeat NOT – to place dead passengers in the toilet, because with rigor mortis it could become difficult to remove the body from the lav.
No word on where they’ll place the body if First Class seats are taken.