Video has emerged from the ill-fated United Airlines flight in which a man suffering from COVID-19 died in-flight.
Watch: Video Emerges Of Good Samaritan Administering CPR To Dying COVID-19 Passenger On United Flight
Live and Let’s Fly was one of the first outlets to cover this incident, long before it gained attention by the mainstream media. UA591, traveling from Orlando to Los Angeles on December 14th, diverted to New Orleans after a passenger fell ill onboard.
Although originally blamed on a cardiac episode, it was later discovered that the elderly passenger died with COVID-19 and had knowingly lied on his health self-declaration form required during check-in.
Passengers have shared that the man appeared morbid while boarding and suffered the episode shortly after takeoff. TMZ has obtained video showing a Good Samaritan onboard, EMT Tony Aldapa, administering CPR to the man:
More passenger testimony has emerged and it appears that the woman told those around her that her husband was suffering from COVID-19 but they still elected to fly.
It has also emerged that United did give passengers the option to step off the flight in Orlando and be rebooked to Los Angeles (indirectly, since United no longer serves New Orleans nonstop from its Los Angeles hub). United has taken heat for simply using wipes to wipe down the seat of the deceased passenger instead of deep-cleaning the aircraft.
Video reveals a tense scene onboard in which an EMT willingly risked his own health and safety in an effort to save the life of a foolish and irresponsible man. Kudos to Aldapa for his brave work. He will be profiled in a future post on Live and Let’s Fly.