Agents from the Transportation Security Administration allegedly ruined a son’s plan to fulfill his mother’s last wishes by spilling her ashes inside his luggage during an airport luggage screening.
Shannon Thomas , from Cleveland, Ohio, had flown from his home to Puerto Rico to spread his late mother’s ashes in the Caribbean Sea.
But when he opened his suitcase he found the urn carrying the remains had opened and spilled – and he also found a TSA notice saying they had searched the bag.
Mr Thomas, who is suing the TSA for negligence, causing emotional stress and the ‘outrageous’ treatment of human remains, alleges that the agency broke its own rules by opening the urn, then didn’t put the lid back on properly.
Court documents filed in Cleveland, and seen by the Cleveland Scene magazine, tell how Mr Thomas had bought a sturdy urn especially to withstand the journey.