I have thought of the dead thing but started to rule it out because of the pregnant woman...before when she wasn't feeling the baby move I thought they were all dead, but then she felt it kick and that wiped that idea from my mind. The bermuda triangle type of scenario has came into my mind...also a star trek type of scenario where they are in some vortex, temporal void and what ever other type of situation that is star trek-ish. As far as the coffin being empty...I wonder if the airlines just tried to settle him down by putting the coffin on board, as he was getting loud and angry at the airport...so they just put the coffin on board so he could see it loaded and calm him down, yet kept the body somewhere so they would not be breaking the rules of the airlines....but then again that may not work as they probably would be afraid of a law suit. Who knows...but it is interesting and I will be curious to see if the heavy guy (hurly sp?) has an interesting past as he seems like a fun guy.