TSA Agent Uses Her Hands To Sift Through Human Ashes

TSA agents are easy to hate. Sometimes they do really baffling things, like thinking a hardback book is a bomb package or assuming Gabrielle Union's hair weave is attached for concealment. Sometimes the average person is in a situation where he or she has to be frisked by one of the lovely ladies and gentlemen in the TSA. What seems to be the commonality is that no one wants to be there, especially when human remains are concerned.

Recently, at the Orlando International Airport, an Indiana man, John Gross, was bringing home his grandfather’s ashes when he hit a bit of a snafu. A TSA agent, concerned with the ashes container which was marked “human remains,” stopped the man to take a look into his special jar. According to USA Today (opens in new tab), despite the fact looking through remains is extremely against policy, the TSA agent proceeded to sift through the container.

Gross says the TSA agent was moving through the contents so hard and so quickly, she eventually spilled a good percentage of the ashes on the floor. What makes this story so rough, and so seemingly inhumane is the fact she laughed while she was doing it, according to Gross.

"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.”

The Indiana man is only asking for an apology after the event, but clearly the accident struck a very wrong chord. Likely, any policy about traipsing through human remains will be brought up doublefold in training in the future, and further human remains policies may be implemented as a result of the incident. It just sucks that someone had to be victimized in order to ensure the policy gets on the right track.