As someone who flies a lot, this story is incredibly disturbing. A TSA agent inspected a woman’s luggage, found a sex toy and left a note for her in the suitcase about it.
It was a standard-issue “we rummaged through your checked luggage” Transportation Security Administration Notice of Inspection (NOI), but with these handwritten words in pen overlaid: “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL.”
TSA needs to find out which employee did this and fire them immediately. Given they know where and when it occurred and the handwriting is on the note, it shouldn’t be difficult to identify them.
Update: And in fact, they’ve been identified. Internally. And TSA says they’ve been disciplined, but they won’t say who it is or what the discipline was. Balko reacts:
This is pretty much par for the course at the agency. They never release the names of employees who violate policy, harass travelers, or, while they’re doing all that, let bombs and guns slip through screening during competency tests. I guess it’s good to know that while the agency is busy feeling us up, scanning or bodies, and digging through our bags, they do at least take someone’s privacy seriously.