Woman -passed through TSA but told by airline she could not bring spent shell casings from her father’s military funeral on board

Posted at 6:42 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 19:42:01-04

The Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery is the final resting place of many of our brave veterans.

Each headstone is unique and each one tells a unique story.

This is the story of veteran Carlton Kurth Jr., who was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery in the Korean War.

Kurth passed away July 31, 2017.

He left behind five children.

James, who lives here in Corpus Christi organized the funeral at Veterans Cemetery, which was supposed to be held August 25th.

That’s when Hurricane Harvey hit.

"We had to postpone everything," James Kurth said.

And with the family scattered around the United States, Carlton Kurth Jr.  was finally laid to rest, nine months later- last Friday.

"Before the funeral was over, each of us was given three shells to signify the three volleys of gunfire. Which is duty, honor and country," said Kurth.

Carlton Kurth Jr. Was laid to rest.

"By Sunday it was time for everyone to go back to where they came from," said James Kurth.

So the kids went about their way, each with their three spent shells honoring their father.

Mary Lou flew out Monday. She was flying American Airlines.

"She was being honest and went to the American Airlines desk and told them she had these three shells form her dads funeral and the supervisor never would come out, but told the lady behind the desk she could either throw the shells away herself or not board the plane. So she had to throw the shells in the trash can and it hurt her deeply," said James Kurth.

Action 10 News spoke with TSA at Corpus Christi International Airport today and they said once a person makes it through the checkpoint, the airline has no authority to tell you that you have to throw any of your carry-ons away,  including spent shell casings.