Two women have been arrested after being suspected of trying to smuggle the body of a dead relative onto a flight to Germany
The pair were reported to have told staff at Liverpool John Lennon airport
that the 91-year-old man was asleep, after pushing him into the terminal in a wheelchair and covering his face with sunglasses.
But their attempt to get the man on board a flight to Berlin
ended in their arrest on suspicion of failing to give notification of death.
Police are investigating claims the women had ferried the man's body in a taxi from their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester
A statement from Greater Manchester police said: "At 11am on Saturday 3 April 2010, police at Liverpool John Lennon airport were alerted to the death of a 91-year-old man in the terminal building. Two women aged 41 and 66 were arrested on suspicion of failing to give notification of death
"They have been released on bail until 1 June 2010. The coroner has been informed and police are continuing with their inquiries