Last updated: 02:15 PM ET, Wed September 28 2016

Friendly Reminder: You Still Shouldn't Check A Bag Containing Human Intestines

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 28, 2016

Friendly Reminder: You Still Shouldn't Check A Bag Containing Human Intestines

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On Tuesday, the lawyer representing a woman who was discovered in Austria to have pieces of her dead husband’s intestines in her baggage said she was reportedly transporting them to have them tested due to the suspicion that he had been poisoned.

According to, the unidentified 35-year-old Moroccan woman was discovered during a random security check on Sept. 8 at Graz Airport in Austria after carrying the intestine from her 40-year-old deceased husband in her checked luggage.

The couple had been visiting the husband’s family in Marrakesh, Morocco, when he fell ill and died. A doctor in Marrakesh allegedly told the woman that he had a suspicion of a potential poisoning, and recommended taking a section of his intestine to a doctor where the couple lived in Graz.

The wife’s lawyer Anton Karner said she was suspicious that the poisoning could have occurred during a meal eaten with the husband’s family due to the fact that some of his relatives opposed their marriage.

The doctor in Morocco reportedly helped the wife by removing a four-inch section of the man’s intestine and packing it in “formaldehyde and in thick plastic containers,” according to the New York Times.

Customs officials at Graz Airport didn’t know how to react to the intestines found in the woman’s bag, so they called local police for assistance. After investigating the incident, authorities informed airport staff that the woman had not broken any laws and she was cleared to pass through the facility with her husband’s intestines.

The section of intestine brought through airport security was sent to the Institute of Pathology in Graz where lead pathologist Gerald Hofler would be examining the remains. Hofler told local media outlets that the results won’t be known until next week.

The New York Daily News shared the reaction most people felt when reading about a dead husband’s intestines being shuffled through airport security:


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