Another cremation debacle thanks to TSA

Actually, debacle is too tame a word. Crime is more like it.

Not for the first time, the TSA has desecrated someone’s remains.

From the New York Daily News, we have this report:

When a Cleveland man boarded a flight bound for Puerto Rico with his mother’s ashes secured in his luggage, he planned to fulfill her dying wish by scattering her remains in the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Shannon Thomas alleges that by the time TSA agents were through searching his gear, his mom’s ashes were tossed all over his clothes and suitcase, according to a $750,000 suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.

The suit, which requests a jury trial, claims Transportation Security Administration agents, “negligently, carelessly, and recklessly replaced the lid of the urn, placed a bag inspection notice in Plaintiff’s suitcase, and sent the bag on its way.”

And, surprise, surprise, “Thomas never even got an apology.”

Back in 2012, we reported on another case where a TSA agent not only opened a cremation urn, and not only spilled the contents all over the place, but then stood there and laughed about it.

In most states, it’s a crime to desecrate, damage, destroy, disturb, or tamper with human remains. It is also against the TSA’s own policy to open a cremation urn.

But then, the TSA commits crimes all the time and gets away with them; why should this case be any different?

Lisa Simeone is a writer, editor, political activist, Glamour Girl, and radio host. She publishes ABombazine, where this originally appeared.

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