British Airways Tells Crew Members Not to Put Deceased in the Restroom

PHOTO: Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser, and Andrew McCarthy star in the 1989 film "Weekend at Bernies."
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Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser, and Andrew McCarthy star in the 1989 film "Weekend at Bernie's."

If "the end" comes for you on a British Airways flight, rest assured you will not be put in the restroom until arrival.

In a recent episode of "A Very British Airline" airing on the BBC chronicling the behind-the-scenes goings on at British Airways, a group of flight-attendants-in-training are seen being instructed on what to do if a passenger dies in-flight.

"The main thing, is you cannot block a door, you cannot put a dead passenger in the toilet, it is not respectful and also they are not strapped in for landing, if they slid off the toilet which could easily happen and you land they will end up on the floor and they have to take the aircraft apart to get that person out," a seasoned employee told the group of newbies.

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So what to do with the passenger? It's a very grey subject, she said.

"In a nice, easy world, you put the passenger back in their seat. I know crew that have had to sit next to somebody that's passed away for the rest of the flight and all of this is such a horrible topic."

Apparently, there used to be a different policy on what to do with the deceased.

"Years ago we would give them a vodka tonic, a Daily Mail and eye shades and be like 'yeah they're fine,'" she said to the group.

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As for the official policy of the airline, British Airways told ABC News it is not, nor has it ever been, airline policy to put a deceased passenger in the restroom, calling it disrespectful and unsafe. The airline said if a passenger dies in flight, the cabin crew will put the deceased person's body in "the most private area possible."