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TSA Agent Drops Grandpa, Laughs About It

June 29, 2012 by  

TSA Agent Drops Grandpa, Laughs About It
An Indiana man wants an apology from the Transportation Security Administration agent who spilled his grandfather’s ashes.

A traveler from Indiana is demanding an apology from the Transportation Security Administration agent who allegedly spilled his grandfather’s ashes on the floor. John Gross claims that while coming home from a trip to Orlando, an agent decided to inspect a jar labeled “human remains.”

According to Gross, the agent laughed off the blunder. “She thought it was funny,” he said. “I wanted to smack her.”

But TSA is denying the man’s account of the event. TSA wrote in a statement: “Our initial review concluded that the circumstances as described in some reports are inconsistent with what we believe transpired.”

The statement prompted Gross to become more vocal. “I’m really heated,” he told CNN.

Although TSA claims that Gross’ account contains inconsistencies, the agency seems to have inconsistencies of its own. According to a TSA statement, “under no circumstances should a container holding remains be opened.” And its website states: “Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done.”

According to Gross, the container was spilled after the agent opened the jar and sifted through it with her finger.


Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • wandamurline

    TSA and the Patriot Act is unconstitution, but then again, we probably could not find enough Supreme Court Justices who have actually read the Constitution to prove that it is.

    • RJ

      Or even read…

    • branded969

      Need to start throwing these (expletive deleted) in front of Mack Trucks, see if they laugh about that, they the slime of this Socialist Government! Semper Fi.

      • jopa

        braindead969;Just because one agent found humor or was just unable to control himself and giggled you want to throw all TSA agents under the bus.That’s like saying everyone in Nam was a bad actor because of a few at My Lai.

      • FreedomFighter



        Think about it.

      • sean steele

        Better yet everybody should refuse service to them no gas no seat at a restaurant no help from people behind the counter close the checkout line ya know return that outstanding service we receive from them

    • Gary L

      I am starting to wonder why they are called “JUSTICES” since they are obviously not interested in justice or they are too damn stupid to know what it is.

  • Bob

    another stupid tsa agent !!!!!!!!

    • John S

      That’s redundant!

  • RichE

    He’s been carrying the ashes around for ten years. I’d be suspicious.

    “It’s a close family that descended from Grandpa Marcaletti, a Sicilianimmigrant who moved to Indiana, took a job with the Penn Central Railroad and became a Chicago Cubs fan until his death at 91 in 2002.”

    Read more:

    • Bunny

      RichE: Read the article in the link that you posted. You didn’t understand what was written. This man had not been carrying the ashes for 10 years.

      • Buster the Anatolian

        And if it were true he had been carrying the ashes around for 10 years other than being a little weird (or perhaps odd is a better word) there is nothing wrong with that.

  • George Thomas Horvat

    I think that the agent should be required to also taste the contents of the jar just to be sure that there was no anthrax mixed in with the ashes.

  • s c

    Let’s see, if we use utopian logic, that ‘employee’ might be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize [no qualifications needed], a large increase in salary might be OK, a certificate of appreciation is an option, and a quick trip to the White House for a photo-op with the prez should be on that list of potential “rewards.”
    Somehow, the TSA acts like the official poster brat for what this criminal administration is all about. That is, do what you want and we’ll back you every time. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of an employee finding a way to kill a passenger and then getting his or her photo on every major magazine in Amerika [another Obummer "hero"]. “Logic,” you see doesn’t apply with utopians. In particular, this prez avoids real logic because logic and the Constitution have something in common. BOTH GET IN THE WAY. Forget accountability or character [does anybody know if Obummer ever heard of MLK?].
    Now, getting back to the latest TSA Employee of the Month, I’d say the best way to get her attention is to put her name and address in a local newspaper, and let nature take its course, so to speak. As long as the traveling public is “fair game” in this _____-up country, so are ALL TSA “employees.” FAIR IS FAIR IS FAIR. Like, do ya know what I’m saying? Do ya dig? Do ya know where I’m coming from? Where be the social justice?

  • Beno

    Need to get rid of the TSA, get people who really care, last time I traveled they took away a 4 oz pudding that was sealed and never opened, What? Hope the assh— enjoyed my snack. What, I hid a bomb in my 4oz pudding? Give me a break. The guy wouldn’t accept my passport because he said it didn’t look like me? Good thing I had other photo ID’s and after calling half the staff over allowed me to pass, the idiot needs glasses and a brain. The ruling Nazi’s who mug little old ladies and children, they aren’t worth the price to send them back to school to be educated, to dumb and blind to see anything before them. Stupid is as stupid does. I know if anyone of the idiots read this, it will take me hours to get through security, well that proves my point, power over brains.

  • michaeljbeglinjr

    Every time there is a complaint against the TSA, the TSA says the complainants accounts have inconsistencies. Every single time. Basically, the TSA is calling every person that has brought a complaint against then liars. Even when people have video proof, they are liars.

    The TSA is a joke. They serve no useful purpose whatsoever. They have never stopped a terrorist attack, but have had plenty of Americans, even a Senator, detained or arrested. They have failed repeated tests of their effectiveness, and do nothing but throw their “authority” around. They remind me of Cartman on “South Park” when he gets to be a cop. The TSA needs to be shut down, and shut down now. If that had been my father’s ashes, I would have been arrested for assault.

    One guaranteed way to get them shut down is to stop flying. Bring back the road trip. When the airlines see their profits falling, they will get rid of the TSA leeches on their own. The only thing any organization understands anymore is their profit margin. If Americans quit using or buying products or services from companies they dislike, then we would see real change. The only vote that matters is your dollar.

  • antonio

    well people the longer we sit here complaining about this or that, they are getting more powerful. You think tsa is bad at the airports now just wait and see what life will be like when they are at bus stations, train stations, road blocks and also at big events.Now i don’t know about you people but i am tired of signing petitions…I am ready to move on up to the next level and start cleaning the tree of liberty…FTTSA

  • terris

    Can he prove that his story is true? If he can’t, he has no case. Period.

  • nw

    I don’t think the TSA agents are stupid, they haven’t been educated and have no idea what human remains mean. I imagine most of them don’t even have their GED’s.

  • Cheryl Rounds

    Regarding the TSA terror theatre – our young people are being conditioned to accept this as the norm. Do you know that whenever they go to a concert they are patted down before they are allowed to enter. When my generation was growning up our parents never would have allowed these personal intrusions.

    • Jazzabelle

      That conditioning is why I don’t even take my children INSIDE airports. I don’t want them to see all those passive, subservient people letting government agents grope them just because they’re wearing a uniform. What on earth does that teach our children???

  • Catlanding

    Defiling the deceased? Maybe Grandpa will go & haunt that woman!

    The TSA website spews out lies about “respect?” When have ANY of those jerks EVER showed respect for ANYONE? Except perhaps the department, that gave them all of their obscene, undeserved power. These fools have put their faith in an evil system that at some point will eat it’s own, like a beast always does. And no one will bat an eyelash
    for their sorrows.
    The universe is deeper than these lowlifes think, & God is always watching. So let them laugh for now. When the pendulum reverses, their penitent tears will be threefold bitter, and we will have the last laugh.

  • Barbara

    TSA is just a continuation of Obummer…real low life.

  • gunner689AI

    Several years ago there was an article in the magazine Phys. Today concerning the type of person who would staff a Nazi Death Camp. The writers calculated the it would take approx. 600 people to staff such a camp. The study concluded that in any town in America with a population of over 25,000 there would be at least 600 people who if given the power would staff a camp. It all has to do with personality types. We see many people in authority, such as city cops, beuracrats, ,gvt. employees, and TSA employees who exhibit this behavior. I believe it,s called small man’s syndrome or meglamania.

  • jopa

    Well folks after the smoke clears about the TSA, Holder,Birthers,immigration,healthcare etc.perhaps some of you will begin to notice how bogus most of these stories are.This is mostly all smoke being blown at you to cover up the fact the GOP is blocking all bills that would improve our economy for political reasons only.Most of you I can tell by your comments are cast as some of the most uninformed Americans of all time.My advice would be to use more resources for your information and quit stumbling around in the dark.As I have said before $350,000,000.00 spent by the Right to make the ACA look bad buys a lot of ignorance.Time to wise up.

    • jopa

      Surveys that were done came to the conclusion Fox viewers were the most clueless and ill informed.

      • Vigilant

        Interesting (and false) statement, jopa.

        It was discovered that NBC, after 18 months and nine appearances of Holder before Congressional hearings, had made only ONE reference to the F&F scandal, and that was literally seconds in duration.

        The MSM and NOT Fox News, has consistently been found found guilty of “errors” of omission in reporting. If you rely on the MSM for your current events, it is YOU, jopa, who are “clueless and ill informed.”

  • Mike


    I’ve been saying that for years but you numbskulls keep feeding the monster you complain about.

    I get comments like, “But I HAVE to fly.”


    Take a bus, take a train. The only way you can convince the gov to get rid of TSA is to stop feeding it. When the planes sit empty and there is no one in the halls of the airport, the airlines will beg the gov to pull out the TSA.

    Either you are part of the solution or you are part of the problem.

    Decide today.

    If you “HAVE TO FLY” then I piss on your complaints.

  • Ronzo

    She is a disgrace and her actions are equal to the Chicago style gangster mob, respect of others is a waste of time. This is a behavior of the current administration and its rough neck intimated by Obama Czar’s and his regime. Gestapo type mentality that says we are always right and you people are unable to think and act as individuals. I wonder why people can’t understand that Freedom is not being oppressed or forced by big brother to do big brothers will and forget about your own dreams and ideals.


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