Ever since the advanced security measures in airports were implemented, it’s been an ongoing fight between customers and security agents as to how much individual privacy a person needs to give up for the sake of “safety.”
For most passengers, the hassle of advanced security, including shoe removal, full body scans and intimate pat downs have been something that, knowing there is no other way around them other than to just not fly, have been grudgingly accepted. Still, there is a sort of honor system involved — the passenger pretends that his or her privacy isn’t really being violated while the agent pretends that he or she isn’t really doing the violating. It’s as if, by both parties agreeing not to mention it, everyone can pretend nothing really happened.
However, it’s hard to ignore it once the agent leaves a note.
Over at Feministing, one writer posts a hand-written reminder that yes, there are strangers pawing through your underwear and personal items in your suitcase while you aren’t watching. And they see everything. After finding a very “personal” item in her luggage, one agent felt moved to leave behind a TSA brochure, on which he or she wrote, “Get your freak on girl.”
So much for pretending there is privacy in a baggage screen.
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