Everyone hates the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis just has a better reason to hate it than most.
The four-year NFL veteran took to Twitter Monday morning to share a photo of his luggage. Inside are some clothes, an official “Notice of Baggage Inspection” from the TSA, and a loose scattering of mother’s cremains.
Yes. The TSA checked his bag so carelessly it spilled his deceased mother’s ashes in the process. Heads up — Francis’s tweets contain some well-earned profane language.
Hey you pieces of shit at @TSA next time you assholes feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes... the least you pieces of garbage can do is your fucking job pic.twitter.com/GcJDMXvWfO— FRAN¢ (@AJFrancis410) July 9, 2018
Francis’ mother passed away on June 26. He’d spent the past week in Arkansas celebrating her life before taking her ashes with him as he gears up for the 2018 season:
Momma told me I could fly, so I did... This past week in Arkansas with my family celebrating my moms life and in Cali with great friends made realize how truly blessed I am not only to be alive but to have so many people in my life who truly care about me. Thank you to everyone who has been reaching out... I love you all! #RIPMom #LA #HappyMonday #IndieArtist #IndieMusic #IndieHipHop #IndieRap #HipHop #Rap #Bars #Music #DC #DMV #Baltimore #BullyClub Waddup!
The TSA responded on Twitter with a canned response and a link that would allow Francis to file a formal complaint:
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
Francis had a pretty great response to the TSA’s hollow apology: