NFL Player Slams TSA 'Assholes' for Spilling Dead Mother's Ashes

Giants lineman A.J. Francis was enraged after the TSA treated his mother's remains carelessly. An apology from the agency did little to help.


New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis took to Twitter furiously after the "pieces of garbage" at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) caused his dead mother's ashes to spill all over his clothes.

Francis, whose mother died unexpectedly late last month, posted a photo showing several articles of clothing covered in what appear to be ashes. A TSA "Notice of Baggage Inspection" lies on top of his clothes. He wasn't happy:

The TSA apologized in a pair of tweets, but it wasn't enough for Francis:


Francis later noted that he has no issue with the TSA inspecting his luggage. It was the agency's inability to ensure the ashes wouldn't spill everywhere that he called "the most asinine & irresponsible shit I have ever seen."

The TSA's website suggests that passengers transporting cremated remains use containers "made of a lighter weight material" in order to "facilitate screening." But regardless of the container type, the agency says that "Out of respect for the deceased, TSA officers will not open a container." The agency also claims to "treat crematory remains with respect."