I missed this bit of news when it first ran:
“We’ve come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason,” saidPulaski County coroner Garland Camper. “We just want to make sure these specimens here aren’t a part of that black market and underground trade.”
The heads were being transported to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a leading medical research and technology company based in Minnesota.
Medtronic spokesman Brian Henry said it is common to ship body parts for medical education and research, but he said it is rare for a shipment to be seized.
“We expect our suppliers to follow proper procedures,” he said.
Camper described the items as 40 to 60 human heads.
What can I add to that? All possible angles of comedy are already cliched – can’t make a joke about carry on, can’t make a “Heads On A Plane” joke, can’t go for a lost luggage gag.
I do wonder, however, about the possibility of a plane crash – I’d hate to be the rescue people on the ground, collecting up rogue noggins and freaking out about the lack of bodies to match them up with.