Wife tries to board jet with dead husband
TWO women who tried to check a "disabled" relative onto an easyJet flight bound for Germany assured airport staff that he was fine because "he always likes to sleep like that".
But it was obvious to staff at Liverpool John Lennon Airport that Curt Willi Jarant (91), hidden behind dark sunglasses, would never be able to answer the few simple security questions demanded of passengers.
If he had been asked whether he had packed his own bags, he was not in a position to say one way or the other as he was dead.
Police arrested the two women, Gitta Jarant (66), the man's widow; and his stepdaughter, Anke Anusic (44), on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death.
They were later released on police bail until June 1.
The coroner is awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination but police sources have suggested that it is likely to show that the passenger died earlier from natural causes.
The party booked their flights to Berlin several weeks ago, when Mr Jarant, who has lived with his wife in Oldham for the past four years, was still alive.
Ms Anusic said that Mr Jarant, a former pilot with a Russian airline, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease and wanted to return home to Germany to end his life in his own country. (© The Times, London)