Vibrator quip lands airport security agent in hot water

2011-10-27 07:49

Washington – A US airport security agent who found a vibrator in the baggage of a transatlantic traveller, and then advised her in writing what to do with it, is facing disciplinary action.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said yesterday that a handwritten note that lawyer and blogger Jill Filipovic found in her checked luggage was “highly inappropriate and unprofessional”.

Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note, which read: “Get your freak on girl.” Under the image, she added: “Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a ‘personal item’ in my bag. Wow.’”

“TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible,” the federal agency said on its blog.

“That individual was immediately removed from screening operations and appropriate disciplinary action has been initiated.”

Filipovic lives in New York. Her Twitter account indicated yesterday that she had flown to Dublin to talk about feminism, sexual assault and abortion at Trinity College.

On her Feministe website, she recalled another airport experience, a few months ago, when “an agent in Cameroon pulled a tampon out of my bag and manhandled it for a while before smelling it and then asking me what it was”.

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