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TSA Agent Leaving “Get Your Freak On” Note Suspended

TSA Agent Leaving “Get Your Freak On” Note Suspended

The Transportation Security Administration has identified the agent that left an inappropriate note in the luggage of a woman telling her to “Get Your Freak On Girl” after the agent found a “personal” item during the screening process.  According to the TSA blog, the agent has been removed from screening and is facing disciplinary action for the stunt.  “The handwritten note was highly inappropriate and unprofessional, and TSA has zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” the agency stated, and said it was reaching out personally to the woman in question.

But for the feminist writer who received the note, an apology is nice, but what would be nicer would be an honest conversation about sacrificing personal privacy rights in exchange for the fictitious appearance of security.

It’s easy to scape-goat 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. The invasion is inherent to the TSA’s mission, regardless of whether a funny note is left behind — the note only serves to highlight the absurdity of all this security theater. 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….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.

Firing, suspending, or otherwise punishing the screener doesn’t address what’s really wrong with the TSA situation — that rather than simply using xrays and scans on luggage, the security personnel are going through by hand to inspect every aspect of our personal lives, all in the name of “protecting us.”

The screener’s crime, the TSA response confirms, isn’t that he or she violated privacy, but instead broke the unspoken code that the officials put in place so that customers can pretend it isn’t happening.

 

 

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7:10AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

I would not mind making private information available if those who see it are qualified to evaluate it without abusing that information to consummate their prejudices. A government appointed psychiatrist was contracted to attempt a forensic evaluation when the FAA found out that I am autistic and have a pilot license. The psychiatrist, who had no training in autism, reported that I fit the profile of a dangerous personality disorder because of the rebellion against society I demonstrated when I wore lime green socks. This psychiatrist never performed an examination or an evaluation. This was reviewed by two psychiatry professors from top medical schools who did a proper evaluation and corrected this.

Another example is Murdoch newspapers reporting evidence that some actor is gay or is being tested for HIV. The readers of such papers, most of whom are trashy nosey low life who pay for the pleasure of gloating at private suffering made public have no decent use for a peeping Tom's eye view of the marital or sexual problems of others.

4:30AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Oh people need to lighten up, if I'd seen this note in my luggage I'd laugh.

1:54PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

I'm glad the Transportation Security Administration agent was suspended, but what would be even better is if they discontinued these bull@#$! searches to begin with.

Airplane bombers by default are suicide bombers.

If a person really wanted to get past security with a bomb all they would have to do is shove a pound of C4 up his/her @#$!, and detonate it in the forward bathroom next to the cockpit.

Molesting people ("searching") is not going to find bombs.

The x-ray scanner is a step in the right direction, and they should follow that.

Get rid of all this airport molestation.

4:53PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

I actually feel we do need to put up with some impositions on personal freedom on airplanes in the age of terrorists. Think about how few terrorist acts occur in the U.S- compared to suicide bombers going off every day in other countries. There still are breaks in security, but our foolishness in removing shoes and wigs, and opening up our luggage to TSA clowns probably does deter terrorists. I am still glad the agent was fired for the tacky note- If you are pawing through our personal effects in the name of security, be professional about it. Just like your OB/GYN shouldn't make suggestive comments during a PAP smear!

1:44PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

I feel sympathy for the passenger who was embarassed by an inappropriate note lest in her luggage but the author makes some good points. We are willing to endure increasing inroads on our privacy as long as we're told it is for our safety. There need to be limits.

12:37AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

The man is just the messenger for the greater problem of government on behalf of the banksters are intruding unlawfully into our lives under the false flag of protecting us. who is protecting us from the banksters and their puppets.

6:01PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

The word I hear is the Man WAS fired and is prohibited from working in the government elsewhere.

12:20AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

He should be canned.

10:38PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

i'm surprised TSA even bothered to look for this guy

10:01PM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Usually they just leave a pre-printed "we searched your bag" kind of note. I heard of one of those notes being wound around a sex toy. Maybe these workers are bored. Doesn't make it right. I would think they would get some kind of sensitivity/respect for privacy training.

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