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Relatives Attempt to Carry Dead Body Onto Flight

Wed 7th Apr 2010

Two German women have been arrested at Liverpool airport for attempting to push a 91 year old dead relative strapped to a wheelchair onto an Easyjet flight bound for Berlin.

Check in Staff became suspicious about the elderly man who was partially hidden behind sunglasses and did not appear to be moving very much, however the pair aged 44 and 66 insisted that their travelling companion was asleep. It actually transpired that the elderly man had been dead for some time.

Police officers attending the airport arrested the two women on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death. It is believed that the couple were attempting to evade the complex and costly process of repatriating human remains abroad.

Barry Floyd of Golden Leaves Funeral Plans commented "I have never heard of an incident like this and it surprises me that anyone would be driven to disrespect a loved one in this way", Adding that "Funeral Plans are widely available that can provide for all eventualities at home and abroad and are often the thoughtful and responsible measure to ensure that when the time comes, your family are not left with the stressful issue of dealing with the procedures surrounding a death in a foreign country."

All bodies being repatriated by air are required to be contained inside hermetically-sealed zinc-lined coffins and kept in the cargo hold for the duration of the journey. The process has to be accompanied by the required paperwork.

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