Well, I always wondered how this happens, and now a death in the family brings up the question of the logistics involved in the transportation of a decadent on an airplane.
First of all, how does it work? I assume that a mortuary company transports the coffin to the airport. Then they unload the coffin at the cargo facility and then the airline baggage handlers load the coffin into the aircraft? Upon arriving at its destination, the coffin in unloaded from the aircraft and transferred to a cargo facility where the Hearst is waiting for loading.
Also, I assume that the airlines have special procedures to handle such situations and these are handled by the cargo department of the airlines operations. Do airlines charge a fee based on weight and special handling, or is a standard one-way fee.
A family member passed away, and his immediate family wishes to transport the body from his residence in Atlanta to his native land in Mexico. Although it sounds like a costly option, it is probably less costly than having it done in the States (dying in the U.S. is very expensive event).
P.S. Interestingly enough, I remember that during the early 90s, in order to raise desperately needed funds, bankrupt Eastern Airlines was running a special promotions for such services.