Baggage handlers have a pretty grueling task of handing over luggage to and from the entry and exit zones, but sometimes their job is much more than pushing suitcases. When posting to a Reddit forum, an anonymous baggage handler revealed the one item that “will forever creep me out”.
The forum was opened by the baggage handler, posting under the name RoyalBlueEyes, who welcomed travelers to “ask me anything”.
One user asked, “Do you get the idiot when you handle bodies?”
To this, the baggage handler said it makes them “shiver”.
They said, “It will terrify me forever, but it’s part of my job and I have to do it.” [SIC]
The baggage handler added: “The only ones I refuse to do are children.
“I’m a mom and the little boxes are too sad for me, I just can’t handle them.
“And the military are so heartbreaking.” [SIC]
Although it is not a nice thought, bodies are often transported in the hold of aircraft.
“The funeral director on the other hand ensures that the container is taken to the destination funeral home.”
While the case of a dead body in the hold may be a little uncomfortable for some, it’s important to remember that these people are often transported home to their loved ones.
The ashes of a deceased person are also often transported on a flight, but certain checks have to be approved for this.
This can happen if a loved one has expressed the wish to be taken abroad after death.
An expert from UrnsforAs said: “You may carry ashes on the plane as long as you have a copy of the death certificate and a notification from the undertaker and/or crematorium.
“You should take the ashes as carry-on luggage and make sure the ashes are in a sealable urn or box that contains no metal.”
If you or someone you know is going through a grieving process, Mind provides a helpful guide and helpful support resources.