Two women from Oldham tried to smuggle a dead relative on to a plane at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The corpse of Kurt Willi Jarant was pushed in on a wheelchair – complete with sunglasses – to try to fool staff at the check in desk at JLA.
But as his two companions attempted to check him in for a flight to Berlin on Saturday, staff became suspicious and alerted the authorities.
The two women were arrested after their bizarre attempt was uncovered.
It appears that the 91-year-old German national had died a day earlier, and an attempt was being made to smuggle his body back to his homeland.
A source said: “The airport staff at the check in were not happy with the situation.”
A 44-year-old woman and a 66-year-old woman are currently being questioned “on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death”.
The family hail from Oldham, and successfully managed to transport the body from their home to the airport by taxi.
The driver is said to have been left ‘upset and devastated’ by the ordeal.
The curious turn of events occurred at around 11am on Saturday.
The body of the man was placed in a wheelchair, his eyes covered by sunglasses, and when tentative enquiries as to his wellbeing were made, his companions insisted he was merely asleep.
But further investigation revealed the elderly man was in fact already dead.