Two women arrested after attempt to smuggle body onto plane

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle the body of a dead relative onto an easyJet flight to Germany.

The pair were reported to have told staff at Liverpool John Lennon airport that the 91-year-old man was asleep, after pushing him into the terminal in a wheelchair and covering his face with sunglasses.

The alleged attempt to get the man on board a flight to Berlin ended in their arrest on suspicion of failing to give notification of death.

Police are investigating claims the women ferried the body in a taxi from their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

EasyJet said two women passengers had arrived at the airport on Saturday to check in for the EZY 7223 flight to Berlin, “with an elderly gentleman in a wheelchair”. Its statement added: “On arrival at the airport, staff were immediately concerned about his health and the first aid team were called. It was then discovered the passenger was in fact deceased and the police were called.”

Har! Where’s Monty Python when you need ’em?

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