If you needed proof that the hilarious events in Weekend at Bernie's aren't really grounded in reality, then look no further than this story about two women who tried to sneak a dead man onto a recent flight from Liverpool to Berlin. The ladies, who're clearly huge fans of Terry Kiser, put the corpse in a wheelchair, propped some sunglasses on him, and hoped for the best. Airline officials were not fooled by their cunning ruse, however -- most likely because they neglected to figure out a way to make his limbs move like a marionette's (it's all in the wrist).
The 91-year-old Bernie Lomax wannabe, Curt Willi Jarant, was supposedly "moving and breathing" according to his widow and step-daughter when they took the late Jarant to the airport in a taxi. Mr Jarant's step-daughter Anke Anusic insisted that his eyes were closed and he was believed to be asleep: "He was alive. He was pale but he wasn't dead." She also added that eight people saw he was alive during their travels, but no witnesses are talking. Unlike the film that this bizarre event mirrors, Mr. Jarant was not a mob boss, but an Alzheimer's patient who had been treated for pneumonia and was recently released from the hospital. The family was taking him back to his native Germany, but have been arrested on suspicion of failing to give notification of a death.
Hopefully next time these ladies have better form and use the speedboat method.