Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis is alleging agents from the Transportation Security Administration spilled a container of his cremated mother’s ashes during a baggage check at an unidentified airport.
Francis posted Monday to Twitter a picture he says shows his open luggage with what appears to be cremated remains spilled on his clothes. A standard “notice of baggage inspection” is included in the photo which was captioned with a profanity-laced criticism of TSA.
Francis, who grew up in Maryland, said in a separate Twitter post that he was in Arkansas with family “celebrating my mom’s life” and in California with friends after his mother unexpectedly died two weeks ago.
Francis could not immediately be reached for comment by NJ Advance Media.
The craziest part of this @TSA shit is that I dont even care that they checked it… they were just being cautious, & I can understand that.
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.
— FRANC/ (@AJFrancis410) July 9, 2018
A representative from the verified @AskTSA customer service Twitter account replied to Francis with an apology and citing the organization’s policy. Cremated remains are allowed in both checked and carry-on bags, according to TSA.gov, where the policy reads:
We understand how painful losing a loved one is and we treat crematory remains with respect. Some airlines do not allow cremated remains in checked bags, so please check with your airline to learn more about possible restrictions.
To facilitate screening, we suggest that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material, such as wood or plastic. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image, TSA officers will not be able to clearly determine what is inside the container and the container will not be allowed. Out of respect for the deceased, TSA officers will not open a container, even if requested by the passenger.
1: We’re very sorry to hear about this. We understand the emotional stress travelers are under when transporting the remains of a loved one. Our policies and procedures focus on ensuring that all passengers are treated with dignity, respect and courtesy.
— AskTSA (@AskTSA) July 9, 2018
2: Our officers are trained to handle your carry-on and checked property with care. Out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Please accept our apologies and our condolences. https://t.co/dlf0Ci6Fh3 https://t.co/wLxp0Wphg9
— AskTSA (@AskTSA) July 9, 2018
The standard-issue apology did not sit well with Francis based on his angry reply.
The 28-year-old Francis is entering his sixth season in the NFL and first with the Giants, after he signed in May following his release by the Redskins. He subsequently took to Twitter to blast his former team for their “racist” logo.
Francis was one of the pleasant surprises of the 13 Giants practices in May and June, quickly working his way off the third-team defense and taking some first-team reps at multiple spots across the defensive line.
When not playing football, Francis also is a rapper who goes by the stage name “FranC/.”
#RIP Mommie… I pray you found your peace [?] [?]
Carrie Francis pic.twitter.com/6YUhurGBu9
— FRANC/ (@AJFrancis410) June 26, 2018