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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Dying during nightstop is rare

As far as I know, there were only a few cases of cabin crew dying during their nightstops. Most of those who died were older crew who had heart attack. There was a case of a captain who died in his sleep while stopping in ZRH. He was in his fifties. Case like that of the leading stewardess who died in the hotel room is rare. She was in her mid thirties.
Personally, I do not think there is any foul play in the LSS's case. She had mentioned to a few colleagues she wasn't feeling well when checking into the hotel.
The flight from HKG to SFO was a long and draggy 14 hours. Besides the long duty time, there was a huge time difference of 16 hours. S'pore is + 8 GMT and SFO is - 8 GMT. Sometime, the body would find it hard to adjust to the time difference. Travelling as a passenger is not the same as when working on board. The crew is allowed a 3 to 4 hour rest period on this flight. One can't really sleep or rest well in the crew bunk. It isn't comfortable at all. Therefore, personally I feel that all this has taken a toll on her health.
It used to be what we called "Team flying" or "Buddy flying" as known in some airlines. Under this rostering system, the crew will fly with each other 80% of the time. They would get to know each other very well. The company has done away with this rostering system and now it is "random" flying which mean one would get to fly with people whom they may have never met before. My guess is, if the crew is still under "Team flying", LSS Yeap could have been saved.
The reason I say this is because under "Team flying" some crew whom the late LSS knew well would have taken care of her or sought the doctor's help. Under the current system it is "to each his or her own" or "bochup" meaning we only look after ourselves. That's the reason I think nobody knew what has happened to LSS Yeap until the day they were checking out of the hotel.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Must have drink and chiong too much in hkg.
Landed in sfo and body cant take it and mati liao lor

Vic Sec model wannabe said...

But if her social media accounts are anything to go by, it looks as though she lived life to the fullest. In fact she died doing what she loved, which was flying. For a stewardess from MY, it's better to go this way than to die on some highway or from being murdered by some foreign worker in MY.The only downside is that she never left any heir, as she wasn't married with kids.I hope the family can give her a proper burial in PG with a rep from the State government in attendance.

Anonymous said...

Huh? Who is she? Must give her a state burial ah. She should rest in peace if even a handful of her FB friends atrend her wake. Lol

Anonymous said...

It is a blessing to die young and healthy, compared to when old and half fcuked and senile, when your loved ones are eager for you to die.. it's good to die by 70 ....

Anonymous said...

BOH Tong, looks like you are expired and overdue.. Hee Hee

Anonymous said...

An airline crew must be versatile and be able to leave home regularly and adapting to changing circumstances constantly. I do not agree with Uncle BT's comments on team flying. Anyone who needs to depend on friends or colleagues for anything, especially while overseas, sadly, will be disappointed. Independence and good social skills are vital qualities for cabin crew.

Boh Tong said...

Me expired and overdue?? No la I am now into my 2nd childhood heheheeee

Anonymous said...

The Singapore President and the cabinet will be attending her funeral , and the Singapore flag will be flown half mast for the next 3 days

Anonymous said...

No wonder you are a bit senile .. ✌️

Anonymous said...

Not sure how things are done where you are but in Malaysia, sometimes the local MP,his secretary or someone from the party does attend the funeral.I'm just not sure who is in charge of her constituency.

Anonymous said...

What was the room number?

the haunting said...

Time to change hotel.
Standard Operating Procedures.

Anonymous said...

So superstitious.Why should she come back to haunt her colleagues?

SUNNY GALE said...

Rare indeed at this age. If I am not mistaken first case of its kind in half a century.

Anonymous said...

She isn't the first stewardess to die alone at a hotel outside her country in the last 15 years but may be the first to die of dvt,assuming that's how she died. There was another stewardess from another airline, who died at a hotel in Amsterdam. Many said she died due to exhaustion but because she was found dead in the car park nearby and her husband was Gerakan Youth head at the time,some speculate murder. She was also Malaysian Chinese but in her early 30s. Airline companies continue to ignore the negative effects of flying,especially long haul flights,which includes contracting lice of all things.

http://eluxemagazine.com/travel/surprising-health-risks-of-flying/