Gruesome death of baggage handler, 26, 'scalped' after her hair got trapped in conveyor belt as she unloaded flight | The Sun

A BAGGAGE handler has died after her hair got trapped on an airport conveyor belt.

Jermani Thompson, 26, an employee at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, was caught up in the horror moment on Tuesday night.

Thompson was offloading a Frontier Airlines plane that landed at around 10pm when her hair suddenly got caught in a belt loader.

GAT Airline Ground Support CEO Mike Hough said: "What we know so far is that her hair became entangled with the machinery of the belt loader."

She was taken to Ochsner Kenner Medical Center with severe injuries, according to

It's not known how her hair got stuck on the conveyor belt.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine an official cause of death.

Thompson's family, friends, and employer are devastated over the news of her untimely death.

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

GAT is a company that performs on-the-ground services for various airlines.

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

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"The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends, and also to our partners at GAT and Frontier Airlines.

"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 shared their condolences 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."


Thompson, of Reserve, Louisiana, was a high school and college basketball player.

Her mom Angela Dorsey told WVUE: "She was a basketball guru; do anything you ask her to do. What you need me to do.

"I just can't believe it, you know, my only daughter is gone."

Thompson's ex-high school assistant basketball coach Stasha Thomas-James said the talented player captained her team during her senior year.

"She was a great shooter, could shoot threes and played hard, played tough. She had a great attitude," Thomas-James said.

Thompson's former coach at Hesston College, Daniel Harrison, echoed those sentiments.

"She was the kind of kid who was always smiling, a great teammate.

"She wasn't the biggest or the tallest. But whenever she went on the floor, she gave me everything she had.

"There was no quit in her, no matter what the score was."

Thompson's family has many unanswered questions surrounding her death.

"She was the sweetest person. She was a hard worker who always went after her goals," Thompson's sister-in-law Nichole Branch said.

"She went to work one morning and never made it home.

"This is just so unreal right now."

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