TSA is my friend!

WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/06/27 11:52:38

INDIANAPOLIS -- A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor.

John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis' south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather -- Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana -- in a tightly sealed jar marked "Human Remains."

Gross said he didn't think he'd have a problem, until he ran into a TSA agent at the Orlando airport.

"They opened up my bag, and I told them, 'Please, be careful. These are my grandpa's ashes,'" Gross told RTV6's Norman Cox. "She picked up the jar. She opened it up.

"I was told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it."

Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.

"She didn't apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn't pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me."

TSA rules say a crematory container in carry-on baggage must pass through the X-ray machine at the security checkpoint.

But the agency's own website says human remains are to be opened under, “no circumstances.”

"I want an apology,” said Gross. “I want an apology from TSA. I want an apology from the lady who opened the jar and laughed at me. I want them to help me understand where they get off treating people like this."

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  • ed 2012/07/02 12:03:09
    I think if enough people refused to fly until the TSA was gone or at least complained enough to the airports then maybe we could see the TSA gone for good.
  • WannaBe... ed 2012/07/03 10:23:32
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    I refuse to fly, and haven't since 2003.
  • Aahz_OneAndOnly 2012/06/28 00:09:43
    Ban the TSA
    They need to go away
  • WannaBe... Aahz_On... 2012/06/28 08:05:46
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    You said a mouth full there, Aahz.
  • Tink123 2012/06/27 23:10:18
    This is so sad. How cruel. This is the perfect example of how deeply power / force corrupts. I'm struggling to find one good reason why folks this TSA agent don't deserve exactly what's coming to them...
  • WannaBe... Tink123 2012/06/28 08:07:47
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Do you think they even care about what's coming to them? They live for the moment, with no thought for their future, and no concern for their progeny.

    Not one.
  • Tink123 WannaBe... 2012/06/28 10:03:45
    So true ;)
  • WannaBe... Tink123 2012/06/28 10:19:59
  • Iamfree 2012/06/27 16:59:33
    Does anyone really believe bin Laden and his merry band didn't win?
  • WannaBe... Iamfree 2012/06/28 08:08:42
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Bingo. Game, set and match. The "terrorists" have indeed won.
  • john Kills 2012/06/27 15:53:18
    john Kills
    Disband the TSA. It is a criminal organization operating under the protection of the federal government. Their actions keep no one safe and they openly violate everyone's 4th amendment rights. The government needs to be physically stopped.
  • WannaBe... john Kills 2012/06/28 08:09:26
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    I think it's coming, faster than one might believe.
  • john Kills WannaBe... 2012/06/29 06:08:57
    john Kills
    I'm not getting any younger waiting for "The People" to wake up.
  • WannaBe... john Kills 2012/06/29 11:38:10
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    HA! Point made, John.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/27 14:04:54
    Professor Wizard
    TSA represents our Federal Government! They do what, and we will succumb to what ever they tell us. The are the law, and we are required as citizens to do as they tell us. If we do not do what they want, they will make us disappear, and the President will use Executive Privilege to disavow any knowledge of our existence.
  • WannaBe... Profess... 2012/06/28 08:10:58
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    The TSA does represent "our" government, very well, in fact. Cruel, abusive to men/women/children, in short; a Monster.
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/06/27 12:02:45
    Rusty Shackleford
    TSA agents are people who are not intelligent enough to secure employment elsewhere.
  • WannaBe... Rusty S... 2012/06/27 12:19:10
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    TSA seems to actively recruit criminals.
  • kir 2012/06/27 11:57:48
    This idiot TSA officer needs to do far more than give an apology; she should be fired and sued for damages; this is the kind of nation in which we live today--a nation in which government sanctioned bullies and idiots run wild.
  • WannaBe... kir 2012/06/27 12:19:39
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    There it is, Kir. thanks.

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