Zara-Jade (ravensnake) wrote in little_details,

Police Procedure for Death on a Plane

Time/Location: 2005. New York.
Searched: Police procedure when a person dies on a plane, what happens when a person dies on a plane.

A woman is stabbed to death on an airplane going from London to NYC. She's murdered shortly before touchdown (maybe about 30 mins) and "discovered" immediately after (the killer, a stewardess, is the one to report it). The victim is a first class passenger and the murder is done in the lavatory.

I have little experience of flying and airports, no experience of murder, and my research provided me with little information, so I have several questions:
1) From my research I understand that after finding a dead person on an airplane, the body is moved to somewhere away from the passengers and that it can be put anywhere except the lavatory. Given that this is (quite obviously) a murder and there isn't long until touchdown, would they leave the body where they found it and just mark the toilet out of order?

2) They reach the airport and the police are already there. I know that they would want to question people but because she was first class and killed in first class, would they let the business class passengers go and just question the first class passengers?

3) Where do the passengers who have to stick around go? Do they wait on the blacktop? That area you go into straight after disembarking from the plane? A side room? Or would they be taken to the precinct for questioning?

4) Would the cops take prints and/or DNA from passengers for elimination, or would they only take them after coming up with a suspect? What about the airline staff?
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc), ~travel: air travel

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