It’s tough to get anything through airport security these days (see what happens if you inadvertently try to get a more than a 3 ounce bottle of hairspray past the check point). So it’s a little disturbing and bizarre to hear what made it all the way into the cargo hold of a Southwest Airlines flight in Little Rock headed for Dallas. 60 human heads.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the heads are now on hold in Little Rock while officials investigate whether they were being shipped legally. Apparently, a Southwest employee pulled a package from its shipping list because it hadn’t been labeled properly. Imagine his/her reaction when that package was opened. Holy cranium!!
The Pulaski County, Arkansas coroner says,
We’ve come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason. We just want to make sure these specimens here aren’t a part of that black market and underground trade.
And from USA Today:
The heads were on their way to a facility run by Medtronic, a Minnestoa-based medical research firm. Medtronic spokesman Brian Henry told NBC it’s common for body parts to be shipped for education and research.
Here’s another wild thought. Let’s say you’re the person in Dallas waiting for the package at baggage claim. It never shows up, and you’re asked to describe the contents. Heads are gonna roll on this one.