My World of Parkinsonian Delights

Ever Had Trouble with Head Room on a Plane?

Ever had problems with head room on an airplane?  Not like this, you haven’t…

Sometimes you see a story, and you just gotta shake your head.  If you still have one, that is.  If you don’t, maybe Southwest Airline has found it found it for you!

Dozens of human heads were intercepted by a Southwest Airlines employee last week, the airline confirmed Thursday.

The heads, which were intercepted in Little Rock, Ark., were handed over to local officials who are now investigating whether or not the heads were properly obtained.

Southwest officials said the airline refused to ship the package because it was not labeled correctly. “And then when we found out what was in the package, we contacted local authorities and they contacted the coroner,” said airline spokesman Marilee McInnish.

Well, ANY fool knows ya gotta label a box of human heads correctly!  They ain’t cabbages, ya know?

So… where were these heads headed?

The package was on its way to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a Minnesota-based medical research and technology company, NBC’s affiliate in Dallas Fort-Worth reported. Little Rock police handed the package over to the country coroner.

The coroner is currently investigating whether the heads were legally obtained.

“We’ve come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason,” Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper told NBC Dallas Fort-Worth. “We just want to make sure these specimens here aren’t a part of that black market and underground trade.”

Well, Medtronic is HARDLY the sort of company that would be involved in something so ghoulish as stealing peoples’ heads.  I imagine there was a paperwork snafu somewhere.  Medtronic is the company that makes the deep brain stimulation hardware that gets planted in your noodle and under your collarbone.

Unless this was some sort of repossession for non-payment…

No.  No!  I can’t make my mind go there.  I’m guessing these were donated heads of people who either had Parkinson’s disease or deep brain stimulation for some other reason so that Medtronic can examine the brains for research purposes.

A Medtronic spokesman told NBC that JLS Consulting LLC, based in Conway, Ark., was the supplier of the heads in this instance.

The founder of JLS told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that nothing was wrong, and that her company was providing authorities with the proper documentation.

Well, that’s a relief.  And let’s all hope there’s something to be learned over this SNAFU.

Southwest is now working to educate the parties involved in the shipment of the heads on proper protocol for body-part shipments, McInnish said.

See?  Nothing to lose your head over.

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