Even the Dead Don’t Get Respect from TSA

In another act of brilliance, TSA agents spilled the cremated remains of of a man’s grandfather onto the floor of the screening area.

John Gross took the remains of his grandfather through security in a container clearly labeled human remains.  This is allowed by TSA.  Despite Gross’ request for the TSA to be careful with the remains, she opened the jar, poked around in the remains, and then accidentally spilled it.  According to Gross, she laughed at his attempts to scoop up the remains.

When traveling with unusual items, make sure you know what the TSA can or cannot do with your items.  I don’t know if it would have helped in this situation (because the agents don’t always follow their own rules), but he may have been able to ask for a supervisor.  Why?

From the TSA’s own website:

“Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done.”

What did this TSA agent do?  She “opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.“  And out of respect to the deceased’s family, she laughed.


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