26-Year-Old Baggage Handler Dies After Getting Hair Tangled In Luggage Conveyor

An airport baggage handler died after she was fatally scalped in a horrendous workplace accident after her hair got caught in a conveyor belt.

Jermani Thompson, 26, had been working at New Orleans Airport when her hair tangled in the transporter on August 30 while she unloaded a Frontier plane that had just landed there. 

26-Year-Old Baggage Handler Dies After Getting Hair Tangled In Luggage Conveyor

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She had been working on the apron, an area where the aircraft is parked, loaded, unloaded, refueled, boarded and maintained.

Officials say that she was rushed to hospital shortly after the incident at around 10 pm but passed away soon after.

Her body was identified by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office, and a spokesman for the airport confirmed the accident. 

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Officials say that she was rushed to hospital shortly after the incident at around 10pm but passed away soon after. Her body was identified by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office, and a spokesman for the airport confirmed the accident

A spokesman for GAT Airline Ground Support, where she was employed, stated her hair got caught in the belt loader

They said: “We are heartbroken and are supporting her family and her friends as best as we are able.”

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“Please send your well wishes to everyone at our New Orleans station during this very difficult time.” Frontier Airlines canceled one flight on Wednesday morning in the wake of the accident however, all other flights operated on schedule.  

A spokesman for Frontier Airlines said in a statement, “We extend our deepest condolences following the tragic death of a team member of our ground handling business partner at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

Paying tribute to her, an airport spokesman said that Jermani was part of the “Airport family,” and they were “deeply upset” by her death.

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Frontier Airlines canceled one flight on Wednesday morning amidst the accident, but all other flights operated on schedule.

Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Kevin Dolliole added, “We are deeply saddened about the tragic loss of GAT Airline Ground Support team member, Jermani Thompson.”

“The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends, and also to our partners at GAT and Fontier Airlines,” the statement continued. “Jermani was a part of our Airport family, and we will continue to support one another in any way we can during this trying time.”

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