Two German women continued with plans to fly to Berlin, even after one of their party died prior to the flight's departure.
London, UK - Police arrested two women at the Liverpool airport on Saturday, claiming the women were attempting to smuggle a dead man onto a plane bound for Berlin. They were arrested for failing to provide notification of death.
One woman, 66, is the man's widow. She would only comment to the press that she loved her husband. The other woman was the man's step-daughter, aged 41. She was outraged at the suggestion made by police that they had been travelling with a dead man for at least 24 hours prior to the discovery. She said her stepfather was alive when they travelled to the airport, falling asleep in the taxi, she claimed.
The women had transported the man to the airport in a taxi. Once at the airport, the pair placed the man into a wheelchair and put sunglasses on him before attempting to board the plane.
Staff at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport were tipped off to the situation after assisting the family with placing the dead man into a wheelchair upon arrival at the airport, something the family had booked in advance. After first aid personnel confirmed the man was dead, the airport called the police.
Police are still investigating.
Dead is 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant. Arrested are 66-year-old Gitta Jarant and 41-year-old Anke Anusic. All three were German nationals, but the women live in the United Kingdom. The women were released on bail.
There are reports that there were two young children accompanying the women.