CHICAGO — It’s been a rough year for United Airlines. After a string of PR nightmares that includes killing a rare continental giant rabbit and cremating it without permission to conceal its cause of death and forcefully removing a paying passenger from his seat to make space for one of their employees on an overbooked flight, United made headlines for all the wrong reasons once again. On Sunday morning 78-year old Faye Wilson boarded a flight in Atlanta, heading for Chicago to visit her grandchildren. Sadly, she never made it to her destination.
Wilson, who suffered a stroke mid-flight, started shaking and convulsing. Her fellow passengers attempted to help in any way they could, such as placing pillows beneath her head to prevent trauma. Suddenly, in a rapid and dark turn of events, two United Airlines flight attendants grabbed hold of the elderly woman, pinned her firmly against the seat and injected her with a serum, which eased her into a quick and painless death. The impromptu euthanasia of Wilson swelled from shock to outrage, with many passengers recording the incident and posting it online.
“My four year old witnessed a murder today. I tried to convince him they were just helping her take a nap, but he wasn’t buying it,” said Flight 4113 passenger Laura Bradson. “That lady’s family deserves justice for what they did to her.”
Making matters worse, is the fact that in addition to euthanizing Wilson, the airline also took the liberty of cremating her body, thereby interfering with law enforcement’s ability to conduct an autopsy to determine her official cause of death. It’s expected there will be a full-scale criminal investigation launched to assess the matter. However, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz insists his airline was not at fault.
“The passenger was being belligerent and disruptive. Our employees are trained to make sure that the flight goes smoothly and by all accounts the passenger in question was shaking and causing a scene,” said Munoz. “Did the flight attendants take it too far? Maybe. But who’s to say? No telling what you’d do in there position.”
A class action lawsuit has been filed, but the Wilson family along with thousands of others on the internet are calling the impromptu euthanasia “a crime of the worst degree” and expect those responsible to be charged with murder.