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TSA officer faces dismissal over 'get your freak on, girl' note in luggage

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN


updated 3:30 PM EST, Fri October 28, 2011

(CNN) -- An airplane baggage screener faces dismissal for leaving a note in a passenger's bag that said "Get Your Freak On, Girl" after discovering a vibrator.



The Transportation Security Administration "has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service," an agency spokesperson said. "Like all federal employees, this individual is entitled to due process and protected by the Privacy Act. During the removal action process, the employee will not perform any screening duties."



The agency randomly selects checked baggage for screening on flights originating in the United States. Lawyer and writer Jill Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note Monday and later blogged about it on Feministe.



"This is what TSA will do when they inspect a bag you checked and find a, um, 'personal item,' " she wrote. "Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not OK, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room."



The TSA identified and removed the employee from screening operations, the TSA said Wednesday on its blog. After completing an investigation, action was initiated to remove the individual from federal service.



"TSA views the handwritten note to be highly inappropriate and unprofessional and apologizes for this unfortunate incident," the spokesperson said. "TSA has zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior by our employees as occurred in this instance. When this is brought to our attention TSA takes swift and appropriate action."



An agency official reached out to Filipovic to apologize personally, the agency said. At this point, though, she said she wishes the story would go away.



"It's easy to scapegoat one individual here, but the problem with the note is that it's representative of the bigger privacy intrusions that the U.S. government, through the TSA and other sources, levels every day," she wrote Wednesday after learning of the employee's suspension.



"As much as this is a funny and titillating story, when I put the note on Twitter for what I thought was a relatively limited audience, I was hoping it would open up a bigger conversation about privacy rights (or lack thereof) in post-9/11 America. It unfortunately hasn't done that, and instead has turned into a media circus," she said.



"The note was inappropriate, the agent in question acted unprofessionally when s/he put in my bag, there should be consequences and I'm glad the TSA takes these things seriously. But I get no satisfaction in hearing that someone may be in danger of losing their job over this. I would much prefer a look at why 'security' has been used to justify so many intrusions on our civil liberties, rather than fire a person who made a mistake."



http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/28/travel/tsa-officer-faces-dismissal/index.html?hpt=us_c2


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  • poor TSA guy just got screwed by her vibrator

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  • The TSA needs to be dismantled in whole, the employees are abusive on much greater issues than a note left in someones luggage. The employees are power stroked beyond their real call of duty to protect American citizens and the airline industry. The worst part is that the managers of the TSA have continued to allowed their employees to be portrayed in a poor light and did nothing about it even while the traveling public was up in arms over their abusive behavior.

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    • @Zardoz003 Did you see the post about the TSA here in the states doing their thing at a traffic checkpoint? Blew my mind...shouldn't have been suprised though.
      Here in DC they can be seen on the subway platforms standing with 'Homeland Security Police' watching the trains. And I still haven't figured out what the hell Homeland Security Police actually does or what they were formed for..for a moment I thought to protect federal buildings...but that is federal protective services area...so I'm More..

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    • @Zardoz003 You can bet on it. How did we ever survive without these angels on our shoulders.

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    • @Zardoz003

      All these types of jumped up little hitlers were bullied at school

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  • looks like a dildo can be used as a weapon against airport security after all.

    The "victim" sums it all up pretty well in her final sentence.

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  • The clown should be fired immediately.

    What the TSA has to do is unpleasant enough already, and I find it hard to believe that any of the very low level civil service folks who do the job really enjoy it.

    That said, there is absolutely no excuse for that sort of comment to a passenger, in person or in writing. The TSA's job is to make sure there is nothing dangerous in there. Anything else they might find is none of their business, and they have no need or right to make smartassed comments.

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  • lol

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  • Close down the TSA, just a waste of tax payers money and a hinderance to airline passengers.................

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  • A femenist packing a vibro, manufactured, distributed, and sold by capitalists? an outrage

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  • During his hearing before he was fired he stated he'd never seen a sex toy that large before.

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  • I know there are some good people that work for them and have had some pleasant encounters with em and know a couple that used to...but they hire some world class shitheads also. In the past year alone I have had an expensive nailcare kit, expenisive led flashlight, and a phone charger go 'missing' on different occasions. Also opened a bag upon arrival to a hotel to find a bottle of lotion was out of its plastic grocery bag, and the top removed..which of course caused quite a mess. Also had t More..

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  • He was doing his job in screening the luggage. That he had sense of humor, is outstanding.

    As for violation of privacy???? Please. The note may have been in bad taste, based on on current pc. But who was the idiot that went public with it? I would ask Ms. Bonehead: "If it bothered you so much, why did you go public with it? Was it perhaps a plan to entertain the security guys, knowing you definitely gave them something to remember the day by?


    Just another soul, seeking their 15 mi More..

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  • Oh...I got my freakawn alright.

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  • WOW what a fucking moron have fun in the recession looking for a new job after that stunt. Good thing you screwed up cause an ass like you should be working at a Mc Donalds if your that lucky.

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  • Boo hoo. Every one of you would love to leave that note.

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  • hahaha. what a stupid bitch, what do you expect carrying a damn dildo when you know you will get searched

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