NFL player calls out TSA for spilling his mother’s ashes in his suitcase

It’s no secret that TSA has a bad rap. From transgender travelers to little boys, the agency has targeted all kinds of people who have walked through an airports’ shiny metal scanners. But it appears you don’t even need to be alive to be harassed by airport security.

A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, tweeted yesterday express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration rifled through his suitcase and spilled his mother’s ashes. The defensive lineman included a photo showing his luggage with cremated remains scattered all over his clothes.

Three hours later, TSA apologized on their Twitter. But the damage was already done.

Though Francis received an outpour of support, some Twitter users voiced their skepticism and asked him why he didn’t simply just carry his ashes on the airplane.

Cremated remains are allowed in checked bags and, with special instructions, in carry-on bags, according to the TSA website. It also advises travelers to check with their airline about traveling with cremated remains in checked bags, as some do not allow it.

Many users on social media shared an archived post from 2012 stating that cremated remains are subject to screening and must pass through an x-ray machine. “If the X-ray Operator cannot clear the remains, TSA may apply other, non-intrusive means of resolving the alarm.” However, it is unclear as to whether this policy is still in place, as it states that the page may contain information that is outdated.

The current policy and the archived post both maintain that TSA employees are prohibited from opening the container.

A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, took to Twitter yesterday to express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and spilled his mother's ashes.

According to his tweet, Francis flew Delta, which allows for cremated remains to be checked or carried on. The airline also requires a death certificate, which he said he was waiting on. In any case, TSA clearly violated policy by opening his container. The agency did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, took to Twitter yesterday to express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and spilled his mother's ashes.

Francis’ story prompted other users across social media to share their own experiences being harassed or mistreated by TSA.

A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, took to Twitter yesterday to express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and spilled his mother's ashes.


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A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, took to Twitter yesterday to express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and spilled his mother's ashes.


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A.J. Francis, a football player for the New York Giants, took to Twitter yesterday to express his outrage after the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and spilled his mother's ashes.


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Francis shared fond memories of his mother on Instagram in the weeks leading up to the incident with TSA. According to one post, his mother, Carrie Leanne Francis, died on June 26.

Today will be one of the hardest days of my life… I had no idea my sister’s HS graduation would be the last time I saw my mother… she is in a better place and at peace. And I’m at peace with that, but thank you to every single person Who reached out to offer condolences to me and my family… My mother may be gone but I can be a shining example to her legacy, and I will live the rest of my life proving mama ain’t raise no hoe… I’m just trynna make my momma #PROUD I aint trynna let my momma down… #RIPMom I love you with all my heart, and I will see you again…. ❤🙏🏽👩‍👧‍👦🌹🌷 Carrie Leanne Francis 10/20/1971-06/26/18

A post shared by FRAN¢ 🎤 aka A.J. Francis 🏈 (@ajfrancis410) on Jul 1, 2018 at 6:29am PDT

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