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TSA Ashes: Man Sues for Mishandling Urn, Spilling Remains in Suitcase

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 06:04 PM

A Cleveland, Ohio, man is suing the TSA for carelessly handling the urn containing his mother’s ashes during a luggage search, and spilling those ashes in his suitcase, Fox 8 reported.

Shannon Thomas was flying from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in October of 2012 to spread his mother’s ashes, per her wishes, in the Caribbean Sean in Puerto Rico.

Court documents said Thomas followed airline guidelines for transporting ashes and used a "heavy and sturdy" urn that screwed closed, Fox 8 said.

When his plane landed, he found the ashes spilled all over his clothing and a note of a TSA inspection in the suitcase, Fox 8 said.

The court filing said TSA "negligently, carelessly, and recklessly replaced the lid of the urn, placed a bag inspection notice in Plaintiff's suitcase and sent the bag on its way. This action caused the urn to open and spilled the remains of Plaintiff's mother on the inside of Plaintiff's suitcase and on Plaintiff's personal effects,” the Cleveland Scene said.

The lawsuit seeks $750,000 in damages and names the TSA, the United States, the U.S. Attorney General, 10 agents or employees of the TSA, and others.

“The United States is liable for damage to the urn and his personal effects,” the court documents say, and allege the actions of the TSA agents and others “constitute intentional and/or negligent infliction of emotional distress,” Fox 8 reported.

ABC News said Thomas went two years without any response from TSA.

The Cleveland Scene pointed out that the court documents said no one ever called with an apology or notification regarding the incident.

This isn’t the first time TSA has made the news over the way it handled ashes of deceased relatives. In 2013, the Indy Channel reported that a TSA agent opened an urn in front of a passenger, used her finger to sift through the ashes and then she accidentally spilled the ashes.

TSA regulations say that urns containing ashes will not be opened in any circumstances, Fox 8 said.

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