Tourist sought to take human bones home

An Italian tourist’s macabre taste in holiday souvenirs caused a sensation at the security-conscious Athens Airport yesterday, leading to her temporary detention. The woman, a physiotherapist who was traveling with her husband to Milan after a 17-day holiday in Greece, was taken to the airport police station after a search of her luggage revealed a number of human bones, according to an Athens News Agency report. The tourist, whose name was not made public, told police she had found the remains on a beach on the islet of Arki, some 8 miles (13km) east of Patmos in the eastern Aegean, and had wanted to study them at home in Italy, the ANA said. A forensic specialist who inspected the bones confirmed that they belonged to a human being of indeterminate sex who had died 20 to 30 years before. The couple was released after testifying, and flew home.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.