A man suffered humiliation and distress at the hands of an airport security agent when she insisted on opening a jar containing his grandfather’s remains and then dropped them on the floor.
John Gross, of Indianapolis, was trying to bring Mario Mark Marcaletti’s ashes home from Florida and had them in his bag in a tightly sealed jar clearly marked ‘Human Remains’.
The 91-year-old’s remains had been divided up among family members after he died in 2002 and Gross had been given a share by his uncle during his trip.
He was confronted by the TSA [Transport Security Authority] officer and explained what was in the container.
‘They opened up my bag, and I told them, “Please, be careful. These are my grandpa’s ashes.”
‘She picked up the jar. She opened it up.
‘She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.’
As a third of the jar’s contents fell out onto the floor Gross frantically tried to gather it back up, a line of passengers waiting behind him.
‘She didn’t apologize. She started laughing.”
Full story here.
Hat tip to Evelyn Temple