05 Sep '11, 5am

Jetstar says it has offered discounts on future travel to some passengers after New Zealand man dies mid-flight

An Australian airline on Monday said it had offered discounts on future travel to some passengers after Robert Rippingale (above) died on their 11-hour flight from Singapore to New Zealand. -- PHOTO: VANESSA PREECHAKUL SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian airline on Monday said it had offered discounts on future travel to some passengers after a man died on their 11-hour flight from Singapore to New Zealand. The 31-year-old New Zealander, Robert Rippingale, had been watching a movie and eating his in-flight meal on the Jetstar flight to Auckland last week when his girlfriend Vanessa Preechakul noticed he seemed to be struggling. 'I thought he was laughing very hard; then I looked at his face and his eyes were rolling and he couldn't talk. His lips were turning purple,' she told The New Zealand Herald. Background story A doctor and two nurses who were on board rushed to help the ma...

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