jQuery UI: Drag Sortable from within Accordion to Outside

I have two sortable lists that are connected. One is simply on the page, the other is within an accordion. (I'm using the accordion as a container for the other list)

My goal is such that a user can open the accordion and pull items out of that list and onto the page.

It works - except the placeholder disappears upon leaving the accordion. I've tried helper: 'clone' and increasing the zIndex.

Here is a simplified version of the code:

<link href="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8/themes/redmond/jquery-ui.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"/>
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.3/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8.6/jquery-ui.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">

        $( "#inside" ).accordion({
                collapsible: true,
                fillSpace: true,
                active: false   
        $("#ulOutsideList, #ulInsideList").sortable({
                opacity: 0.7,
                revert: 100,
                scroll: true,
                helper: 'clone',
                zIndex: 50000,
                connectWith: ".connectedSortable",                  

    <div id="outside"> <!-- 1. Pick a Store -->
        <ul id="ulOutsideList" class="connectedSortable">
        <li>outside 1</li>
        <li>outside 2</li>
        <li>outside 3</li>
    </div> <!-- end 1. Pick a Store -->

    <div style="clear:both"></div>

    <div id="inside">
        <ul id="ulInsideList" class="connectedSortable">
            <li>inside 1</li>
            <li>inside 2</li>
            <li>inside 3</li>


In your sortable call you want to use the following options:

helper: "clone", appendTo: "body", // or whatever element you want the helper clone to be attached to

This does two things. First it makes a copy of the element being dragged (helper option), second it attaches that helper to the specified element (appendTo option).

Similar questions here: jQuery-Ui: Cannot drag object outside of an accordion and here: jquery sortable cannot be dragged outside of accordion

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