Staff became suspicious when they tried to check in 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant, who was wearing sunglasses, for a flight to Berlin on Saturday.
The women - his widow and step-daughter - said they thought he was asleep.
Asked to describe her late husband, who she called Willi, Gitta Jarant said: "[He was] the best man of the world - good man.
"I [did not] kill my Willi. My Willi is my god. I [have loved] my Willi for 22 years."
Mr Jarant's step-daughter Anke Anusic added: "They would think that for 24 hours we would carry a dead person? This is ridiculous. He was moving, he was breathing. Eight people saw him."
Eight people saw him, huh? For a cool $10K I can make that nine. I'll even vouch I saw him pee in an airport restroom and left without washing his hands BECAUSE I'M AN EXPERT WITNESS.
Thanks to emc2 and john, who kept feeding their dead gerbils for weeks because their parents told them they were just sleeping.