The Transportation Security Administration will fire the baggage screener who left a note in a female passenger’s luggage about her sex toy, the agency said Friday.
A quick recap: Jill Filipovic, a New York lawyer and blogger for the website Feministe, had a sex toy in her checked bag when she flew from Newark, N.J. to Dublin over the weekend. When she unpacked her suitcase, she found a printed note that the TSA had opened and inspected her luggage. Scrawled next to the official wording was a handwritten note: “Get your freak on girl.” Filipovic posted a photo of the note on Twitter with the comment, “Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a ‘personal item’ in my bag. Wow.”
The announcement comes after the TSA said it had initiated “disciplinary action” against the agent in question. In an update on its official blog, the agency said the worker will be removed from federal service:
*** Update 10/27/11: After working with our Office of Chief Counsel and Privacy Office, we have been cleared to say the following: TSA has completed its investigation of this matter, and has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service. Like all federal employees, this Transportation Security Officer is entitled to due process and the protections embodied in the Privacy Act. Pending the completion of the removal action, the employee will not perform any screening duties. ***
“TSA views the handwritten note to be highly inappropriate and unprofessional and apologizes for this unfortunate incident,” spokesman Kawika Riley told the Associated Press in an emailed statement Friday, confirming the TSA intends to fire worker once the individual has had the chance to appeal.
The agency has not identified the Newark Liberty International Airport employee, citing privacy laws.
Filipovic has not publicly commented about the incident beyond a blog post Wednesday after the first report that the agent had been suspended.
However, in a message on Twitter, she wrote:”Lesson learned: Don’t tweet anything you don’t want to appear on The View. #FML” — referencing just one of the places her story was discussed.