TSA Thug Opens, Spills Grandpa's Ashes, Has A Chuckle About It
I don't go quietly at the TSA grope-points -- the question is, why do so many other people? These are not security officials violating our bodies, our possessions and our constitutional rights -- they're unskilled workers putting on a show of security, with little concern for common sense, common decency or any of the other qualities that used to be at least somewhat common in this country.
John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis' south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather -- Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana -- in a tightly sealed jar marked "Human Remains." Gross said he didn't think he'd have a problem, until he ran into a TSA agent at the Orlando airport.
"They opened up my bag, and I told them, 'Please, be careful. These are my grandpa's ashes,'" Gross told RTV6's Norman Cox. "She picked up the jar. She opened it up.
"I was told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it."
Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.
"She didn't apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn't pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me."
The TSA's own website says that human remains are to be opened under "no circumstances," according to the story.
Surely, we don't expect the likes of those working at the "security" checkpoint to be able to read.
Here's the comment, slightly edited, that I left on the Indy site:
Another commenter wrote: "Unfortunately, because there are people who want to commit terrorism, we have to put up with the TSA."
This sounds like thinking but it's actually nonthink.
The TSA has not caught a single terrorist in its $60 billion plus history. It hires unskilled workers who would otherwise be vying hard for a job in the fast food industry to violate other Americans' constitutional rights for pay -- while ignoring the vast security holes in cargo.
This is not how you root out terrorist plots -- it's by having highly trained intelligence officers use probable cause to find out who plotters are long before they ever get to the airport. What we have now is obedience training for the American public -- to be docile and polite as our rights are yanked from us...as they increasingly are these days.
Thanks for the coming police state, all of you who don't speak up. Here's what I suggest instead.