Gruesome and equally bizarre cargo is causing some serious controversy after a Southwest Airlines employee opens a package and finds a shipment of human heads.Looks like heads are going to roll!...
A shipment of human heads bound for Fort Worth, Texas, remained in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday after a Southwest Airlines employee opened the package and called police.
The Fort Worth medical-research company where the heads were expected, Medtronic, said the 40 to 60 heads are for educational purposes.
It's not unusual for an airline to ship bodies, or body parts, for medical research.
The problem was the heads were not properly packaged or labeled.
Southwest Airlines said a courier showed up with the package and claimed to not know the contents.
The Southwest employee looked inside the package and found the heads.
The airline called police, and the department turned the package over to the county coroner, who has plenty of questions.
"In our discussion with the health department, we've come to the conclusion that there is a black market for body parts out there. We just want to make sure these specimens aren't part of that underground trade," Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said.