TSA Worker Leaves Message To Passenger Who Had A Sex Toy in her Luggage

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TSA Worker Leaves Message To Passenger Who Had A Sex Toy in her Luggage

Errant Venture Errant Venture
I'm not familiar with the TSA, nor their rules and regulations, so I don't know if it's acceptable for this body to search personal items, but my gut reaction goes for the second option.
10/25/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Peggi
I agree with this. If this is a frequent thing for this employee, then something should be done along the lines of "you're fired get the hell out".

Had I seen this in my luggage, I probably would've giggled about it and not ...
Exactly. I traveled with a 7.5" anal plug and knew full well that my bag could be searched and that TSA would have no problems showing it to the world if they so desired.

You have to own that shit and realize what you're getting into when you travel with toys. Especially with the crazy designs that are being released these days...something innocent can be mistaken as something sinister.

I think if that note were in my bag, I would have shown it to my husband and we'd have a good, hearty laugh about it and go on about our business.

I do agree with another poster that said if it had been something like "you're going to hell" I would have raised a huge stink about it.
10/25/2011
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Errant Venture
I'm not familiar with the TSA, nor their rules and regulations, so I don't know if it's acceptable for this body to search personal items, but my gut reaction goes for the second option.
It is perfectly acceptable as it's part of their job. If something comes up and it doesn't look right, they have to inspect the bag. Certain members of the TSA take extreme liberty with this power and steal things from travelers and do stupid shit like leaving inappropriate notes, but I really think given the number of travelers across all of America's airports that since this is one of two or three stories where TSA stepped out of line in regards to personal items that it's really nothing to bat an eye at.
10/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
The TSA employee is supposed to be a "professional." It was not his (or her) place to make a joke about the contents of someone's bag.

The "sensitivity" of the person whose bag he searched is totally unrelated to how appropriate or inappropriate the action was! Since when do certain people deserve to be treated in a humiliating manner, simply because they are not "sensitive?" And HOW was the TSA agent supposed to know what the "sensitivity" of the bag owner was? We don't make rules based on individual personality traits.

I think the TSA agent should have been fired. They are there to do a job, NOT comment on it. If you saw the stuff these people miss (CIA and FBI planted fake bombs, guns, knives etc.) you'd see they already hire the bottom of the barrel to do this job, and this only adds to the lack of confidence most people have in TSA workers.
10/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
While I do think it was inappropriate for the job, I don't think I would have reported it myself. However, there are others out there who are embarrassed to even own a toy, and that's who you have to think of and protect.
I'm not at all "embarrassed" to own toys. However, I do not appreciate other people handling my toys without my consent, and I certainly wouldn't appreciate someone making an unrequested comment on my use of toys.

I don't get how some people don't see this as not only an invasion of privacy, but as a humiliating issue.

If this had happened to me, I would have called the Airline, the TSA and everyone involved again and again, until I got a higher-up who would give me a promise something would be done. Some of us DO things when people act inappropriately, or screw up badly and it effects others and some simply wait for others to do these things and some don't understand when someone is taking a liberty they have no right to take.

I'm one who DOES things when the actions of people in a place of "authority" is inappropriate or simply wrong. I'm one of those people who doesn't wait for others to do something to protect myself and other people I may not even know. I take it upon myself to do the hard work to change things and attempt to right wrongs.

I'd take the ladder up until this guy lost his job. I've done it for less of an issue. I expect people to do their jobs correctly and with respect for the people they work with. If they don't, I'm all over the situation until something changes. Imagine if no one ever complained or tried to change things? I can't. So, I do things.

Someone has to.
10/25/2011
Jaimes Jaimes
I have to admit, I have a sense of humor about this kind of thing. I wouldn't try to fire the guy, and the talking to would be, "Dude, some people won't think that's very funny. Probably not a good idea." and leave it at that.

I tend to go through life by the razor, "Never assume contempt when incompetence will answer."

I don't think he was trying to hurt or humiliate her, he just thought something was funny and passed it along. It may not have been the brightest move in an industry where people are downright militant about privacy or any sort of infraction. But in the grand scheme of things, these two people will never cross paths again, and she has a fantastic story for every cocktail party she will ever attend. So, she can get her feathers all in a ruffle and start screaming for justice, or she can take it as a compliment that some TSA agent out there thinks she is really cool for taking a sex toy on vacation, and leave it at that. It's her prerogative.

Life is way more fun when you take it with with a grain of salt, then chase it with tequila and a dirty joke.
10/25/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Jaimes
I have to admit, I have a sense of humor about this kind of thing. I wouldn't try to fire the guy, and the talking to would be, "Dude, some people won't think that's very funny. Probably not a good idea." and leave it at that. ...
Well said.
10/25/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Jaimes
I have to admit, I have a sense of humor about this kind of thing. I wouldn't try to fire the guy, and the talking to would be, "Dude, some people won't think that's very funny. Probably not a good idea." and leave it at that. ...
Yeah. I kind of see your point, but I think people should take their jobs seriously. I have a lot of contempt for incompetence, I guess.

There are plenty of people who wants jobs who will do them with sincerity. If one can't do their job properly and with respect for others, they should be replaced with someone who takes the job more seriously and doesn't take the now near privilege of having a job for granted.
10/25/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
A pretty idiotic thing to do. While this employee is goofing off and writing a note about the sex toy, contraband could be slipping by.
10/25/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Since its the TSA I say fire them. That isnt a job you should be goofing off with. If it was another job Id find it humorous. I have a sense of humor but its such an important job that I dont think it is the time or place to do this.
10/25/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
I would have laughed, but thats just me. I imagine someone else may be furious at the violation. While, he was just probably being funny, it was inappropriate and he should be warned for it. If it continues to happen thats just going to be a big problem for the TSA and he should be removed.
10/25/2011
Sex'и'Violence Sex'и'Violence
Definitely inappropriate, but also freaking hilarious- even the girl who owned the toy admits it. I'd say a reprimand at minimum is in order, but also that people should expect little to no privacy when travelling.
10/25/2011
Cherrylane Cherrylane
I have a problem with her admitting to laughing but still filing the complaint. As an integrity sort of thing. If you think it's out of line and an invasion of privacy and "clearly not ok" then it should shock you and make you feel uncomfortable, not make you giggle.

Personally, I would find it out of line and creepy. They might be being playful and mean well or w/e but it's their job and they were apparently so turned on and entertained by the existence of this girl's sex toy that they felt the need to inform her of it. It's a stranger. And that's creepy.
10/25/2011
Eliza Eliza
I agree that I think it's funny, but that doesn't mean it was okay.
10/25/2011
Peggi Peggi
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Exactly. I traveled with a 7.5" anal plug and knew full well that my bag could be searched and that TSA would have no problems showing it to the world if they so desired.

You have to own that shit and realize what you're getting into ...
Oh this is very true, I would not have the same sense of humor about it had the note belittled me or insulted me. No, it probably wasn't the best idea to leave such a note, because not everyone tries to find the fun in life (which I certainly do!) and some are more easily offended or hurt by joking around.

I've traveled with some questionable looking toys in the past, and I agree, if I'd seen that note along with one of mine, no one could've contained mine or my guy's laughter
10/25/2011
wetone123 wetone123
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Originally posted by Errant Venture
I'm not familiar with the TSA, nor their rules and regulations, so I don't know if it's acceptable for this body to search personal items, but my gut reaction goes for the second option.
So where you live travelers and their children are not groped and their luggage is left alone? Lucky you. It's all part of Americas war on terror. A little girls shrieks of "Don't touch me there!!!" are the norm in our airports.
They have started this tactic on the highways of my state this week as well.

In my opinion, this operation is simply desensitizing the American public to having their bodies groped by strangers and their private things made unprivate. As far as I know, this operation has not caught 1 terrorist, cost the public millions of dollars, and everyone here thinks it's OK.

Someday down the road, those little girls crying and screaming will think it is normal to be touched in their privates by officials and will willingly submit to this and more. That is all that has been accomplished.
10/25/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
It is perfectly acceptable as it's part of their job. If something comes up and it doesn't look right, they have to inspect the bag. Certain members of the TSA take extreme liberty with this power and steal things from travelers and do stupid ...
Interesting. And, yeah, there are always people who do stupid things, in all walks of work.
10/26/2011
geliebt geliebt
While the comment wasn't a hurtful or rude one, which is what makes it funny to me, I still think it's wildly inappropriate. I don't know whether the employee deserves to be fired, but I wouldn't object if they were. The fact is, when you're doing your job, you need to be professional. I don't want people looking through all my stuff anyway so it bugs me just a little to have my bags searched every time, but to have someone make a comment on it would be really unnerving to me. While it may not have been a harmful note, it was still way beyond the realm of okay, and I feel like it sort of opens the box to even less appropriate stuff, or it could anyway.
11/03/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by jroho
Saw this article online today:

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From the article: Not satisfied with fumbling through Americans’ private possessions, one TSA screener saw fit to make a humiliating joke about the contents, writing a personal message on a TSA ...
This was not a funny joke and should have been handled severely...as a TSA agent told me yesterday,"We know we are looking at something that should be totally private. We should be looking for contraband and harmful items...not razzing people about their undies or toys!" As I understand it the agent lost her job over the issue and rightly so.
Now, what I do is leave a couple of Eden coupons tucked inside my bag of toys when I go through customs with a little note of my own about how to use them and where!
I got a thank you from one agent (to my face not in an inappropriate note) and about three of my cards have "disappeared" ;. I have made a few dollars in commissions and with an affiliate number like B69 what else am I gonna do but advertise it?
I refuse to be ashamed and will tell ANYONE that I work for EF reviewing toys for their site so that anyone who might be looking to spice up their bedroom needs only to load up the page in the privacy of their own home. I try to look haggard and like I am a HARD worker....
11/03/2011
iLashe iLashe
dang, that's funny and i woulda guessed a sister had left the note. i think the disregard for personal privacy is more unsettling.
11/05/2011
RonLee RonLee
I know that had I done such a thing as that particular TSA employee... I would be looking for work rather quickly.
11/05/2011
eeep eeep
Inappropriate, but funny. At least the TSA employee joked about it. There are much worse things they could have written. That being said, commenting on and joking about someone's personal property in such a way after an inspection is a huge violation of privacy. Sure they have the right to search people's luggage, they do not have the right to make commentary to someone they do not know about what they find in their luggage (unless it is illegal obviously).
11/05/2011
TameTemptress TameTemptress
So funny...but very unprofessional.
11/05/2011
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
It's pretty funny, but there should be some sort of reprimand. Not termination, though.
11/05/2011
Kitka Kitka
Inappropriate but funny indeed. Hopefully this isn't something they do all the time, otherwise they should be fired.
11/05/2011
Drakoni Drakoni
I'm one of those who thinks TSA doesn't have the right to do all of the things they do right now. Searching through personal items and scanning people isn't going to make us safer and tramples constitutional rights. I have a martial arts background and have been trained in dealing with hostage situations. I know all too well that, with good training, someone could walk onto a plane with nothing and cause a situation.
11/06/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
We all know luggage can be searched,but seriously that's too far.
11/08/2011
Cherry21 Cherry21
Quote:
Originally posted by jroho
Saw this article online today:

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From the article: Not satisfied with fumbling through Americans’ private possessions, one TSA screener saw fit to make a humiliating joke about the contents, writing a personal message on a TSA ...
I think its pretty funny. I would jsut laugh my ass off if i was unpacking and found that note! I think people need to chill, she's obviously an adult, since she has a sex toy. I hope she can handle a small joke. Maybe if people were less up tight, people wouldn't hate themselves, their jobs, and their lives so much.
12/01/2011
ginger715 ginger715
I think that was totally unprofessional. Hopefully that person got fired and will never do that again
12/07/2011
Teaser Teaser
I probably would have laughed as well, but this is inappropriate. We should not have to feel embarrassed to carry "anything" for our own personal use onto a plane. The employee should be let go. After all, if the employee has that much extra time on their hands, they are obviously over-staffed.
12/07/2011
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