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Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:37 pm
by endersgame29
Interesting story...i know the airlines are hard up for cash--maybe we will be charged by body part in the future
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Dozens of human heads were intercepted by a Southwest Airlines employee last week, the airline confirmed Thursday. The heads, which were intercepted in Little Rock, Ark., were handed over to local officials who are now investigating whether or not the heads were properly obtained.

Southwest officials said the airline refused to ship the package because it was not labeled correctly. "And then when we found out what was in the package, we contacted local authorities and they contacted the coroner," said airline spokesman Marilee McInnish. The package was on its way to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a Minnesota-based medical research and technology company, NBC's affiliate in Dallas Fort-Worth reported. Little Rock police handed the package over to the country coroner.

The coroner is currently investigating whether the heads were legally obtained.

"We've come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason," Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper told NBC Dallas Fort-Worth. "We just want to make sure these specimens here aren't a part of that black market and underground trade."

McInnish said it was her understanding that the heads were going to be used for educational and research purposes.

According to Federal law, human body parts cannot be sold. Suppliers of the parts, however, can be reimbursed when those parts are used for legitimate medical education and research.

A Medtronic spokesman told NBC that JLS Consulting LLC, based in Conway, Ark., was the supplier of the heads in this instance.

The founder of JLS told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that nothing was wrong, and that her company was providing authorities with the proper documentation.

Southwest is now working to educate the parties involved in the shipment of the heads on proper protocol for body-part shipments, McInnish said.

So what is the proper way to ship a human head?

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:46 pm
by strawman
Want to get away?

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:46 pm
by strawman
We love our heads!

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:12 pm
by ROU Killing Time
Not nearly as exciting as I had hoped. Thought maybe there had been a takeover of the company by a tribe of head-hunters.

Better start posting again, Strawman is less than 100 posts behind me.

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:45 am
by alhilton
That is just awesome. I thought resurrection men vanished with the 1800's. I wonder what the TSA thought when they xrayed that bag.

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:42 am
by StalinSays
Better start posting, Strawman is still a thousand plus posts ahead of me.

Musta' been spooky seeing all those heads together under X-ray scan.

Re: Southwest Airlines seizes dozens of human heads

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:34 pm
by jannypie
o_O