Baggage handlers have a fairly grueling job transferring luggage to and from check-in and departure areas, but, on occasion, their job involves much more than moving suitcases. Posting on a Reddit forum, an anonymous porter revealed the one thing that will “scare me forever.”
The forum was opened by the porter, posted as RoyalBlueEyes, who urged travelers to “ask me anything”.
One user asked, “Do you have the heebie-jeebies when handling bodies?”
At this, the porter said it made them “shiver”.
They said, “It will always scare me, but it’s part of my job and I have to do it.” [SIC]
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The porter added: “The only ones I refuse to do are the children.
“I’m a mum and the little boxes are too sad for me, I just can’t handle it.
“And the military is so heartbreaking.” [SIC]
Although it is not a good idea, the bodies are often transported in the holds of planes.
“The funeral director on the other end will arrange to get the container to the destination funeral home.”
Although the case of a body in the hold may be a little uncomfortable for some, it is important to remember that these people are often taken home to their loved ones.
A deceased person’s ashes are also often carried on a flight, however, again, they must have certain checks approved.
This can happen if a loved one has expressed a desire to be taken abroad after their death.
A specialist in UrnsforAshes said: “You can carry ashes on an airplane as long as you have a copy of the death certificate and notification from the funeral director and/or crematorium.
“You must carry the ashes as carry-on baggage and ensure the ashes are contained in an urn or sealable box that does not contain any metal.”
If you or someone you know is grieving, Mind has a helpful guide and helpful support resources.