Giants D-Lineman A.J. Francis Is Appropriately Furious With TSA For Allowing His Mother's Ashes To Spill Inside His Bag After Searching It
I don't want to make it sound like I'm siding with TSA here, as not taking particular precaution with what was obviously all that remained of a passenger's loved one is, as said passenger put it, asinine and irresponsible. I'm just saying that I'm not even remotely surprised by what the careless hands of the clueless are capable of. A.J. Francis has every right to be absolutely furious that an item as unmistakably invaluable as his mother's ashes was treated with just about as much negligence as...well...every other replaceable piece of luggage. Unfortunately, what he also has is an inordinate amount of faith in the common sense of airline workers.
I'd also be sick to my stomach if I were in his shoes, but my belly aching would have begun the second that bag left my sight. I would have had a lump in my throat before my baggage even came around the damn carousel to be claimed, for dealing with the troubles of TSA requires a "hope for the best, but expect the absolute worst" approach. I'm not blaming the Giants' defensive lineman, for the rules clearly state that the deceased are to be treated delicately. Unfortunately, those in charge of enforcing those rules just so happen to be the most disgruntled people in a place that's permeating with irritability at all times.
An important lesson was learned at the most heart-wrenching of time. You're only actually promised your own health and safety when traveling with hundreds of people by way of a steel tube tens of thousands of feet in the sky, and that's only because you won't be able to bitch and complain if that promise goes unfulfilled. Therefore, do everything in your power to keep anything of true importance on your person, as those that have to deal with every other person don't give a damn about you, your belongs, or - in the most extreme of cases - your late mother's memory. The following is both sad and true, but not even death can save you from being disrespected as a person while flying. I don't suspect that will change anytime soon.