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Baggage handler dies after hair gets caught in conveyor belt

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At a New Orleans airport, a luggage handler lost her life after her hair became trapped on a conveyor belt.

At around 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Jermani Thompson, 26, was unloading luggage from a Frontier Airlines aircraft at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Her hair was caught in the equipment of a belt loader, a truck with a conveyor belt for loading and unloading baggage from aircraft.

According to NBC News, Ms. Thompson, a GAT Airline Ground Support employee, was taken to the hospital but passed away there.

According to her mother Angela Dorsey, her daughter attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, and graduated with a degree in basketball.

She told the New Orleans news website NOLA: “She was my baby girl. Everybody loved her.

“I’m just lost for words. I can’t even think.”

Mike Hough, chief executive of GAT Airline Ground Support, said: “We are heartbroken and are supporting her family and her friends as best as we are able.”

Kevin Dolliole, the airport’s director of aviation, said: “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.”

Frontier Airlines also expressed its condolences and said its thoughts were with Ms Thompson’s friends and family.

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