What a tragic and AWFUL story.
Karen Momsen-Evers was about to take off on a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Wisconsin when she received a TERRIBLE text from her husband saying that he intended to commit suicide.
The obviously terrified Karen texted her husband “no, no” to which he responded, “Yes, because I have to.”
As Momsen-Evers frantically tried to call police to stop her husband, a flight attendant allegedly slapped the phone out of her hands and demanded she cease all cell-phone use.
“I begged her, I said I’m sure someone can make an emergency phone call.”
While we understand that cell-phone use is prohibited right before take off, we think this emergency situation warranted an exception!
Sadly, despite the woman’s pleas, the flight took off without any calls to her husband who ultimately committed suicide while she was in the air.
In response to the awful incident, Southwest Airlines released the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time. Flight attendants are trained to notify the Captain if there is an emergency that poses a hazard to the aircraft or to the passengers on-board. In this situation, the pilots were not notified.”
Wow, what an horrible and senseless lack of protocol!
Our hearts go out to Karen and her family.