Call for help denied on plane

(WTMJ) A Wisconsin woman is looking for answers after her husband took his own life.

An alarming text came from him moments before a Southwest Airlines flight Karen Momsen-Evers was on took off.

“I started shaking the minute I got the text and I was panicked, I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Karen was flying from New Orleansto Milwaukee. The text came as flight attendants were doing their final cabin checks.

The woman returned her husband’s text telling him “no”, but when she went to call him, a flight attendant told her to turn her phone off.

“The steward slapped the phone down and said you need to go on airplane mode now,” she said.

Karen says she explained the situation and said the worker told her it was “FAA regulations”.

“I begged her, I said I’m sure someone can make an emergency phone call,” Karen says, but the woman told her there was nothing she could do.

Karen was finally allowed to call police when the plane arrived at the gate in Milwaukee.

When she arrived home she was met by officers who told confirmed her husband had killed himself.

Southwest Airlines offered a statement saying “Our hearts go out to the Evers family during this difficult time.”

The airline went on to say, “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.”

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