New York Giants' A.J. Francis Says TSA Spilled His Mother's Ashes During a Baggage Inspection

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New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis called out the Transportation Security Administration on Twitter Monday morning for allegedly searching his mother’s cremated remains and spilling them in his checked luggage.

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“Next time you assholes feel the need to go thru mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes,” Francis tweeted. “The least you pieces of garbage can do is your fucking job.”

The tweet included a photo of ashes scattered all over Francis’ clothes with a TSA “notice of baggage inspection” note.

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Within hours, TSA responded to Francis on Twitter and offered their “apologies and condolences.”

“We’re very sorry to hear about this. We understand the emotional stress travelers are under when transporting the remains of a loved one,” wrote TSA. Adding that according to TSA policy, “under no circumstances should the container be opened.” (As the Washington Post points out, this policy is also clearly stated on their website.)

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Francis wasn’t impressed with TSA’s condolences, however, responding to TSA’s Twitter account thusly:

“Under all circumstances fuck yourself.”

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According to the Post, Francis posted on his social media accounts that his mother passed away unexpectedly two weeks ago.

Later Monday, Francis made clear that he didn’t care if TSA searched his mother’s ashes—“they were just being cautious & I can understand that,” he tweeted, adding, “But to not ensure that it won’t spill back into my bag after you put it back in is the most asinine & irresponsible shit I have ever seen.”

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A TSA spokeswoman, meanwhile, told the Post Monday afternoon that Francis hadn’t spoken directly to them yet.

“If Mr. Francis provides us with his flight information, videotape review can help determine what condition the contents of the checked bag were in while it was in TSA’s possession,” the spokeswoman told the paper.

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It’s unclear which airport Francis was flying from when his luggage was inspected and his mother’s ashes spilled, but the former Washington football player recently traveled to Arkansas to celebrate his mom’s life, and spent some time in California.

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Francis declined via Twitter to speak to media about the incident.

“This is all very raw still,” wrote Francis.

Staff writer, The Root.

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DISCUSSION

I hate TSA with the intensity of a 1,000 burning suns, I tells you!

They have all this technology now and they still out here having to do side checks on your boy EVERY.FUCKING.TIME.I.FLY.

It’s bad enough that I have to see my fat arse figure all digitized, then you have to pinpoint sections where “amoralities” are. Oh, that’s nice, rolls of fat where could be hiding a bomb powerful enough to take down an entire airplane? Nice.

The last time, however, Good God.

I don’t know why TSA thought that I would be carrying explosives around my d*ck regions but there we were.

Look, I ain’t no terrorism expert but I’m a me expert and I’m here to tell you, there ain’t nothing that anyone can tell me, seduce me into, etc. that will make me go, “Sure, I’ll strap some TNT onto me genitals, mate!” Fuck naw!

But Mr. TSA pulled me to the side and told me that he had to check my groin and buttocks area. Fuck me. Turns out, they damn near did. My proctologist didn’t even get as invasive as this dude did (I know, that’s another discussion for another day) At one point in this mess, I said “Fuck!” and dude said “Forgive me”

Forgive me? Forgive me? Motherfucker!

I am not lying to you about any of this. After TSA had their way with me and told me I could put my shoes on and go (I felt so used) this random white lady came over and said “That was rough for me to watch” and patted me on the shoulder

Thanks for your validation, random white lady.  I went and bought cookies, cost 10 fucking American dollars, but I needed them cookies that day. 

I am convinced that there are child molesters and sexual predators working the TSA lines across this country. It’s just a matter of time before that expose’ hits the streets and I’m all here for it and not because these fools get to second base with me every time I fly, I’m thinking about the little kids, teens and women out there that are being taken advantage of by a stupid system that really couldn’t stop someone from blowing up a plane if they really wanted to.

Fucking TSA.