TSA agent pokes fingers in ashes of traveler's dead grandfather, spills them on floor, cackles


53 Responses to “TSA agent pokes fingers in ashes of traveler's dead grandfather, spills them on floor, cackles”

  1. B E Pratt says:

    We really need to get rid of the Toilet Security Administration.
    What? Whuddumean South Park??…Wha..???

  2. silkox says:

    It’s no excuse, but nervous laughter could be a normal response to having done something this insensitive and stupid.

    • lafave says:

       what about mocking laughter?

    • JohnQPublic says:

      This really doesn’t apply to grown adults who are in a professional environment where interacting with people is at the heart of their public service duties.

      • Ian Wood says:

        …a professional environment where interacting with people is at the heart of their public service duties.

        No, she works at the TSA.

        But I do know what silkox is on about. Do something appalling, neurotic laughter kicks in, then you know you’re behaving even more inappropriately, which makes you laugh even harder, and finally the only thing you can do is strip search the passenger and add them to the No Fly List.

    • Ray Perkins says:

       This seems to be an example of nervous laughter: http://www.wimp.com/iceclimber/
      Or maybe climbers just don’t give a shit.

  3. Gary61 says:

    I feel bad for Mr. Gross, and indignant about the idiotic ‘failure to follow guidelines’ actions of the TSA agent in question – but I’m very grateful she wasn’t a necrophiliac.

  4. Update: TSA conveniently lose the video of the incident.

    “Gross said a high-ranking TSA official contacted him to empathize because of what transpired at the airport. He said the official claims that TSA cannot locate video of his exchange with the security worker.”and:”TSA maintains its position that the circumstances, as explained by the passenger, are inconsistent with what we believe transpired.”
    this from http://www.pal-item.com/article/20120630/NEWS01/306300012/Ex-Richmond-man-Grandpa-s-ashes-spilled-at-airport

  5. “human remains are to be opened under “no circumstances.””

    I really hope that’s not true. Any sort of blanket exemption just opens the door for abuse by ne’er-do-wells.

    • Funk Daddy says:

      LoLlLerS, I wondered how long it would be before one arrived to warn of terrorist plots involving jars labelled human remains that actually hold cocaine that actually hold explosives when the drug mule is tricked by Al Kay-duh and the gang.

      Elapsed time was 3hrs 56 minutes.

      • BookGuy says:

         Oh, yeah?  Who will be laughing when somebody smuggles the ASHES OF A TERRORIST on board, huh?  Mark Wahlberg can’t be on every flight to protect us!

        • Funk Daddy says:

          Steward – “Captain, an ephemeral form appeared to me in the aisle and demanded control of the craft. Should I tell the Air Marshall?”

          Captain – “No.”

          Co-pilot – “Fucking ghosts”

          Steward – “IKR!”

        • retchdog says:

          i’ve had it with these motherfucking cremains on this motherfucking plane!

    • Sara says:

      That’s what the x-ray is for.

      • And why “no circumstances” is a stupid thing to say – of COURSE they’ll open it when there’s an obvious reason to, like that.

        • Funk Daddy says:

          So if it’s x-rayed and is perceived as a result as something other than claimed, they open it?, a sealed container of powdered substance?

          That is not an obvious reason, that is an obvious fail. These can often be located behind the terms “Of course, naturally and everybody knows”

    • You do realise that kind of flawed reasoning is why we have porno scanners and have to remove our shoes to get on planes?

  6. absimiliard says:

    I’m w. Brooklyn Imbecile, who’s comment was removed.

    -abs believes in the power of the human flesh search

  7. Brad Gall says:

    The only people who can rein in the TSA are the airlines. Solution get the TSA to ban laptops in the cabin. The blow back from business travel will get the airlines to whack them upside the head. Maybe we could even ride that wave to real reform. 

    What, a man can dream can’t he.

  8. Ipo says:


  9. silkox says:

    BTW, I flew from Tel Aviv to Seattle via Newark a few weeks ago. Tel Aviv: kept shoes and belt on through security, no pornoscanner. In Newark, had to remove shoes and belt and go through pornoscanner.

  10. zartan74 says:

    Sounds like a great way to smuggle cocaine.  

  11. panhead20 says:

    “Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.”
    Justice Robert Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials

    I will not subject myself nor my family to needless radiation exposure nor TSA molestation. My family and I will not be flying until the TSA changes these procedures.

    T – Terrorists
    S – Searching
    A – Americans

  12. Bink Binkerson says:

    Ash Holes.

  13. Ky Platt says:

    Why does it matter that his grandfather was Sicilian? 

  14. MrHarley says:

    $8 billion per year and they “cannot locate video” ahh good times!

  15. traalfaz says:

    Clearly it is every citizen’s responsibility to video record their experiences at security checkpoints.  Just to help out the TSA, you know.  Just in case they “can’t find” their tapes if something happens.  Come on folks, it’s the least we can do for these folks “guarding our safety.”

    • HahTse says:

       If I remember correctly, you are not allowed to tape any “security measures” or “sensitive areas”. They would just confiscate your camera and ban you from the airport (or at least they would try).

      • underscorex says:

        It is, in fact, a felony to record TSA procedures, if I’m not mistaken.  (This might have come up in an interview with Penn Jillette – he wanted to do an episode of Bullshit! about airport security, but the actual production process would have sent them all to jail.)

  16. Daizymae says:

    That woman is no lady! Don’t expect any kind of humane response from her or from any of TSA’s henchmen.

    They lost the video? How convenient!

    If TSA can’t even keep track of their security tapes, how are they going to catch a terrorist?

  17. Gyrofrog says:

    Not the first time they couldn’t provide a surveillance tape:
    (Not nearly as serious as this case, though)

  18. Emmett Brown says:

    Thank god these people are protecting us from…… wait. what?

  19. Peter Ping says:

    Who wants to bet the TSA lady licked her fingers to see if it was drugs too..

  20. inness says:

    My wife flew out of a small airport here in our commonwealth today and sure enough, pornoscanners. I remember the local ‘news teams’ reciting the praises of the ‘new security’ several months ago, seemingly directly from the TSA PR sheets. I was furious, and standing there behind the glass with our three children as she was told to lift her arms and ‘pose’. I apparently looked so angry that several uniformed ‘agents’ huddled together, sneaking glances at me, so I stepped back and huddled with the kids. No action was made, but I’ll bet if I’d been trying to board a plane I would have faced the wrath of ‘You’re not flying out of here today, mister’ which is the only real power the half-pint security guards really wield. As I sit here and read this now I’m infuriated again, having been reminded of the goddamn radiation those things put out; my wife’s family has a history of cancer, so in order to go and visit her family in another part of the U.S. she has to be subjected to an increased risk? What the hell’s happened to this country?

    • dhask says:

      If by “commonwealth” you mean the new Oz scanners, rest assured that here in Australia our intrusive and ineffectual scanners are THz, not X-Ray.  You may have your time wasted, and your privacy invaded, but you are not being ionised.

    • mccrum says:

       Wait, you guys can’t opt out?  That’s messed up.  We had to fly recently and I wouldn’t let my wife or kid go through them.

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