Two women have been arrested after allegedly transporting a corpse into Liverpool Airport, possibly with the intention of taking it on board an EasyJet flight.
EasyJet says that the two women arrived to check in for the carrier's flight 7223 to Berlin Schonefeld on 3 April, accompanied by an elderly man in a wheelchair.
"On arrival at the airport, staff were immediately concerned about his health and the first aid team were called," says a spokeswoman for the carrier.
"It was then discovered the passenger was in fact deceased and the police were called."
Greater Manchester Police states that officers at Liverpool Airport were alerted to the death of a 91-year old German national in the terminal building.
Two women, aged 66 and 41, have been arrested on suspicion of failing to give notification of death. Both suspects have been released on bail until 1 June.
"The coroner has been informed and police are continuing with their inquiries," Greater Manchester Police adds.