TSA Agent Spills Ashes Of Traveler's Grandfather | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.23.15

Airborne 03.24.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Thu, Jun 28, 2012

TSA Agent Spills Ashes Of Traveler's Grandfather

Policy Says Human Remains Are Never To Be Opened

A man traveling from Florida to Indianapolis with his grandfather's ashes is demanding an apology from TSA after a screener spilled some of the remains on the floor.

Indianapolis resident John Gross had traveled to Florida to bring his grandfather's cremated remains back to Indiana, where he planned to distribute them among family members. The ashes were in a tightly-sealed jar marked "Human Remains," according to multiple media sources including television stations WTHR in Indianapolis and WKMG in Orlando.

While TSA policy strictly prohibits screeners from opening containers of human remains brought to security in carry-on baggage, and specifies the use of the X-ray machine to screen such items, the screener at Orlando International Airport reportedly opened the jar and began sifting through the ashes with her finger. Then, she accidentally spilled the ashes onto the floor in the security area.

Gross says that as much as a third of his grandfather's ashes wound up on the floor, along with some bone fragments. He said he was frantically trying to collect as much of the spilled ashes as he could while the line behind him stalled. Rather than offering assistance, Gross said the screener "laughed" at him as he scrambled to collect the ashes.

Gross has demanded an apology from TSA, and specifically from the woman screener in Orlando. In a statement, TSA said the agency "recognizes the importance of treating human remains with respect and dignity, including those accompanying the remains. For that reason, we use a variety of techniques in the screening process to ensure the safety of all travelers. Under TSA policy, under no circumstance would the container holding the remains be opened. We are looking further into this complaint."

FMI: www.tsa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.27.15: Cockpit Changes Announced, Maine v UAVs, NBAA v Santa Monica

Also: AirVenture Update, Barnstorming Opines On Media Aero-Reporting, NTSB Update, ERAU Scholarships, Doolittle Raiders, Tecnam P2010 The loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 due to wha>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.29.15)

"Rover challenge puts students in the driver's seat of real-world engineering. Students perform research with computer-aided designs, select and fabricate components using mechanic>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.15): Comet

Comet A ball of rock and ice, often referred to as a “dirty snowball.” Typically a few kilometers in diameter, comets orbit the Sun in paths that either allow them to p>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.15)

Aero Linx: New Jersey Aviation Association NJAA was formed in 2000 to promote, protect and preserve the state's multi billion dollar general aviation industry. Its membership inclu>[...]

NASA Core Flight System Software Available To The Public

NASA Goddard Releases Open Source Application Suite The Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announced the releas>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC