Giants’ A.J. Francis blasts TSA for mishandling his mother’s ashes

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Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis says TSA rifled through his checked luggage, which included his mother’s ashes, and in the process spilled her ashes all over his other items.

Francis wrote on Twitter today that he was shocked to open his bag and see his mother’s ashes had spilled, with a note from TSA saying his baggage had been inspected.

“Hey you pieces of s–t at @TSA next time you a–holes feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes,” Francis wrote. “The least you pieces of garbage can do is your f–king job.”

Francis said he’s appalled by the careless way his mom’s remains were treated.

“The craziest part of this @TSA s–t is that I don’t even care that they checked it,” he wrote. “They were just being cautious, & I can understand that. But to not ensure that it won’t spill back into my bag after you put it back in is the most asinine & irresponsible s–t I have ever seen.”

TSA apologized to Francis on Twitter.

“We’re very sorry to hear about this. We understand the emotional stress travelers are under when transporting the remains of a loved one. Our policies and procedures focus on ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity, respect and courtesy,” TSA posted. “Our officers are trained to handle your carry-on and checked property with care. Out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Please accept our apologies and our condolences.”

15 responses to “Giants’ A.J. Francis blasts TSA for mishandling his mother’s ashes

  1. Are you really copping an attitude over people looking through luggage for strangely packaged explosives? They have to unwrap Xmas gifts for god’s sake.

    Grow up ya big baby.

  2. This guy should take some personal responsibility and realize that he should of had her in his carry on bag. The amount of jostling that goes on with a bag through the baggage area and all the conveyor belts could have made the ashes spill out accidentally or break the vessel/urn.

  3. That’s just not right, even though he likely should have had it in his carryon. Maybe it didn’t fit?

  4. glenuendo says: “Sad part is the TSA won’t do a thing to make the agent be more respectful. They just apologize and move on.”

    We don’t even know if it was the TSA’s fault. For all we know, A.J. didn’t secure/seal the urn properly and the contents spilled because of his carelessness or the flight was particularly turbulent.

    TSA posted a boilerplate apology that admits to nothing.

  5. glenuendo says: “Sad part is the TSA won’t do a thing to make the agent be more respectful. They just apologize and move on.”

    Respectful. Like lazily packing your mother’s ashes into checked luggage instead of taking caution and keeping it near him as carryon? Checked luggage gets thrown around, stacked upon each other, dropped from carousels, lost from flights, etc.

    It’s not like he was being respectful with the ashes himself.

  6. They wouldn’t even have responded or acknowledged the incident if he wasn’t a pro athlete or other type of celebrity. It’s just a PR move and them crossing their fingers that they don’t get sued for emotional damages.

  7. TSA is a joke and should be abolished. Bunch of minimum wage flunkies who have never caught a single credible terrorist threat in 17 years of assaulting people in airports, while missing 95% of all weapons in their own tests. It’s a disgrace that we are forced to endure (and pay for) this level of incompetence.

  8. The TSA epitomizes why the Federal Govt. sucks so much.
    Fire some GS-15’s and as many poligical appointees as possible.
    We should use the military like the Israeli’s.

  9. He should have had it in his carry on but lets not let TSA off the hook. It’s rare that they do a considerate, neat, search of your bags. They should be held to a better standard when it comes to searching our luggage.

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