We all know the things we're not supposed to travel with: firearms, knives, exotic animals, explosives and so on. Now we need to add human body parts to the list.
Officials at Duyun bus station in Guizhou, China, were shocked when they found a man carrying two human arms in his bag.
The 50-year-old man, identified only as Zheng, was caught by officials when he went through scanners at the bus station. He was immediately detained by the officials as they suspected he might be involved in a murder.
After being detained, Zheng explained he was carrying the severed limbs of his brother, who had them amputated after an electric shock accident.
He explained that his brother asked him to transport the limbs so they could be stored and buried with his body when he dies, because it is their village’s custom to bury an entire dead body together.
Security officials checked with the hospital where his brother was undergoing treatment and released the man after he gave them a medical statement.
"I asked him what was in the bag, and he said it was an arm," said a security guard.
However, Zheng was asked to consider other forms of travel other than bus as travelers are banned from carrying body parts on the vehicles due to hygiene and safety concerns of other passengers.
According to the Journal of Chinese Studies, the Chinese culture of cremating or burying the whole body preserves the body’s connection to place and family.
As per reports, the man could be hit with “administrative penalties,” which typically consist of a fine, but is unlikely to face criminal charges.
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Spotlight, Banner: Reuters, Joe Penney