RDU EA 'Human Remains PI Fright'n Flight
James A. Miller, Jr.
Date: October 12, 2005 06:35AM
Circa 1965 to 1970, I was an Eastern Air Lines last shift ramp serviceman at Raleigh-Durham. It was a one-man bag room operation then. I finished inside work as soon as possible so Eastern ticket agent (initials IT) could toss aircraft blankets and a small pillow on the then new long baggage carts, and get some shut-eye before the Eastern morning shift arrived.
I.T.'s wife had kicked him out of the house, and Ira needed to save money. I was outside sorting the mail bags for pick-up. The adjoing RDU PI station closed an hour before EA's, at RDU. A street light shown down through the two Eastern baggage room garage door's row of windows, upon old Ira's layed-out, slumbering 'corps'; but Ira was not yet asleep; he just look eternally so.
The two PI agents outside, homeward bound; passed the Eastern garage door windows. "Did you see THAT..." exclaimed one PI agent to the other; "...it looks like A CORPS"! At an outside baggage cart, sorting mail bags; I laughted; "That 'corps' looks like a corps, because that's what it is; a "human remains". Both agents, hands sheltering eyes, pressed intently against the glass. "It sure does look like a REAL human corps!"
I said it was part of a "consolidated" freight shipment. The executive's home-built, home hobby shop casket, was due in on the last flight from Laguadia, but didn't make it; "They promised it on the first flight in, in the morning".
"What are you going to do then?" aked one PI agent? "Consolidate the casket with the corps, and they will continue at a consolidated saveings rate to Miami, to where that senior executive was to retire with his wife. He had the home-built casket over the rafters of his New York home hobby shop. He died visiting one of his Chicago factories."
"It really looks 'real'; real life-like". Ira was still awake listening; on his back, his hands beneath the blanket.
Suddenly Ira and covering blanket reared up, as Ira and blanket, lunged towards the two PI agent on-lookers, lurking outside.; the blanket flying on towards their window.
The two PI on-looking agents, together lurched into sudden flight, fleeing ol' Ira's suddenly alive, EA 'corps'.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2005 06:07AM by barrys64.