Wednesday, March 12, 2008

No liquids or gels, but dead bodies allowed?

I'm surprised luggage restrictions don't cover this: Airport stops women with human remains in suitcase.

Long story short: Two Italian women were caught on a stopover in Munich with the remains of one of the women's late brother in their suitcases. The man, who died eleven years ago of natural causes, wished to be buried in Italy. Naturally, airport security got a little suspicious when a skull and bones showed up on x-rays...

What's surprising about this story (other than a body in a suitcase, I mean) is that airport officials let them continue on to Naples. However, they were able to produce a valid death certificate proving there was no foul play, and no German laws had been broken. The article doesn't go into a lot of detail, but these women must have been very brave (and have a very strong constitution) to undertake this feat. I imagine that procuring services to repatriate the dead is a very time consuming and expensive process, and one they decided to bypass for whatever reason.

I'm sure at some point someone will issue a piece of advice warning travellers not to pack human remains in their luggage and instead contact their government about repatriation of the deceased.

And someone will read the warning and laugh and say "oh yeah, like that ever happened!"

Well, now you have proof.

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