Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tails You Win, Heads You Lose

Looks like they picked heads - 40-60 of 'em:
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.

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.
Looks like heads are going to roll!...



Anonymous said...

sure looks like this guy knows how to get aHEAD in life...

DrWes said...

Anony 01:21 PM -

But which way were they were heading?

Medical Quack said...

Yes the outcome of this will be interesting to see the outcome and yes there are all types of shipments that are made via common carriers, I spent over 25 years in logistics, ask me:)

What is also an interesting side line here too is the fact that people insure items as such in case of loss and that gets a little tricky sometimes too on placing a value on such shipments.

One kind of funny incident I had many years back was a shipment of "whale sperm", and yes this real and not a joke, and as an account executive I had to intelligently figure out what to charge the shipper of the product for a dollar amount in case of loss. I can laugh about it now but at the time it was very perplexing:)