Passenger Dies On International Flight, Body Moved To First-Class

London (AP) -- British Airways is apologizing to customers who may have been "distressed" by flying alongside a dead passenger.

The airline says a woman died during a flight from New Delhi to London last month. The cabin crew decided to move the woman and her grieving family out of the crowded economy section into first class to give them some privacy.

But the whole thing came as a shock to Paul Trinder. The first-class passenger tells London's Sunday Times he was asleep until the crew placed the dead woman in a seat near him. Trinder says he remembers thinking she looked "very ill."

British Airways issued a statement apologizing to those in the first class cabin who were distressed by the situation. But it explains the cabin crew was "working in difficult circumstances and chose the option that they believed would cause the least disruption."

The airline says about ten passengers die in flight each year, and each situation is dealt with on an individual basis.

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