Two German women have been arrested after trying to board an easyJet flight from Liverpoool to Berlin with a dead relative. Gitta Jarant, 66, and Anke Anusic, 44, attempted to bring 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant, the women’s husband and step-father, respectively, aboard the flight claiming he was just “sleeping.” He was actually dead.
The family had arranged help for a “disabled relative” at the airport, and it was an an airport worker charged with transporting Curt from a taxi to the plane in a wheelchair that first noticed something was amiss. “I immediately felt unsure about the situation but I did my best to help by carefully lifting the man from his seat. To my horror his face fell sideways against mine — it was ice cold,” the airport worker, Andrew Millea said. The women told Millea he was simply old and frail and tired.
Millea notified authorities, who tried to find Curt’s pulse on the tarmac; the women continued to insist that he was sleeping. First-aid staff confirmed that he was dead. Coroners are awaiting the post-mortem results to tell how long he’d been down. The plane tickets had been purchased weeks prior, presumably when he was still alive. Curt suffered from Alzheimer’s and wanted to return to Germany to die. His wife, Gitta Jarant, still insists that he was breathing at the airport and is demanding an apology from the police and the airport. But, according to Millea, when first aid staff pronounced Curt dead, the women asked if they could fly without him, which is probably not the reaction you’d have if your husband had just died.