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TSA snags creepy baggage note writer

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  October 26, 2011 02:21 PM

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Your TSA in action. Earlier this week, reports went viral about a passenger who was left a billet-doux of sorts ("Get your freak on girl'' ) from a TSA official who had apparently happened upon a vibrator during a routine search of the woman's checked bag. The traveler, a blogger named Jill Filipovic, who was traveling from Newark Airport to Dublin, Ireland, tweeted a photo of the offending note and posted a item about it on Feministe.

The TSA, in response to the uproar, launched an investigation and posted this item today in its blog:

Earlier this week, a passenger found a highly inappropriate note scrawled on a "Notice of Inspection" that TSA places in checked bags if they are required to be searched. She tweeted a photo of what she found and we soon learned of the incident.

TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible. That individual was immediately removed from screening operations and appropriate disciplinary action has been initiated.

The handwritten note was highly inappropriate and unprofessional, and TSA has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

Agency officials have also reached out to the passenger to personally apologize for this unfortunate incident.

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

The note does not make clear what kind of disciplinary action the worker faces. But it certainly will feed anger and distrust over search procedures that now seem merely intrusive at best and potentially voyeuristic or prurient in at least some cases.


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