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

Curiouscat Curiouscat
Inappropriate, and unprofessional. Down right creepy to, they should be fired.
12/11/2011
LAndJ LAndJ
I think it was completely inappropriate, but not something worth being fired over.
02/17/2012
Wildchild Wildchild
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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 ... More
I understand having to inspect luggage, with that being said thats an invasion of privacy of the owner and humilation. The worked should be fired and this should act as a "not to do".
02/17/2012
Teacookie Teacookie
I would find it amusing my self, but for the shy ones I would have to say that was a horrible thing to do. Every job I know of thats corperate has rules in regards to this and that employee knew better. Then again, why are people so shy about sex when it's sooooo common? If the note had a bit more written on it to downplay the comment might be less offensive and it is a compliment.
02/17/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I might be more forgiving if this didn't happen in a time when people are already freaked out about the TSA and privacy issues. Writing anything unnecessary was a stupid move.
02/19/2012
(k)InkyIvy (k)InkyIvy
My feeling is that the employee is expected to act professionally. Their job is not to dig through and leave creepy notes for people based on their findings. They are simply supposed to check and make sure the passenger isn't a danger, and then move along.
02/19/2012
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
It is rather inappropriate, but if this is a regular thing for the agent, then they should be removed.
02/20/2012
Woman China Woman China
Funny as hell, and my bottom line is...

Yes, by flying I understand that my luggage might be inspected by various safety agents in various countries. However; part of the idea of it all, is that my privacy is respected.

I don't bother hiding my toys when I travel as these agents have seen them all. It's priceless when my baggage is x-rayed and they see dildos and vibrators and handcuffs.. I think it is a riot!!! BUT, the ones who open our luggage to search them... they are held to a high level of trust and respect.

Leaving a note such as that "Get your freak on girl" is kind of rude, and I'd be wondering what else was touched.

Someone who does something like this in a position of trust, I would fire them, and I know if they worked in my airports when I was a manager, they'd be fired. It's unprofessional.

Baggage handlers, safety agents are there to protect the people/country they work for, not to make comments about the contents of one's personal luggage. I would set an example by the person who wrote the note, making sure that it is understood that this type of behaviour, is uncalled for and unwelcomed.
02/22/2012
jokerzwild jokerzwild
Ew, I think that should make everyone wash and sterilize their toys after a flight, who knows (cold shiver).
02/22/2012
Woman China Woman China
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Originally posted by jokerzwild
Ew, I think that should make everyone wash and sterilize their toys after a flight, who knows (cold shiver).
That should be a given!!! I put a few outfits into double bagged ziplocs when I travel so I can at least feel comfortable wearing those clothes when I land. But with all the chemical spraying they do, and the grossness thoughts of people's hands through my unmentionables and clothing... who knows where their hands have been, whose dirty shoes (and what do you walk your shoes through day to day?) they've been touching... even if they wear gloves, they wear gloves to protect them, not your gear!!!

I even take all my make-up out of my case and put it all into a ziploc so it is contained so agents can look easily at everything so there is no need to open it up and touch everything.

Words of advice. Wash everything.
02/22/2012
Kissy Kissy
The TSA are horrid. I deal with them everyday.
02/22/2012
Lover of Leather Lover of Leather
Funny, but harmless.
03/24/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
That's bad, but I've heard worse stories, especially the semi-plausible one about a vibrator turning on and causing a bomb scare.
04/25/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
This is why everyone should invest in luggage that locks.
04/25/2012
Bex1331 Bex1331
Its funny but still wildly inappropriate and the worker should face consequences, last I check they didn't let 12 year olds work at the TSA, grow up
04/25/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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 ... More
Hard one. My first thoughts were : totally innappropriate and a nasty thing to do! He should be fired, but when I thought what if it were me in her shoes. If it were me, I'd be furious until I saw "get your freak on girl." Then, I'd just laugh and would see it as harmless fun. It really depends though. It's not nice to do it and some people would be more upset. If it were just a vibrator, I don't think I'd get mad, but other personal stuff or a rude note would piss me off. I think it was shitty to publicly tell what he found in her luggage though. Sounds really bad and that could bring a lot of embarrassment to someone. I wouldn't be happy about someone sharing my personal info like that.
04/25/2012
31 Flavors 31 Flavors
They need to respect people's privacy and dignity while doing their jobs. Nobody would want to put up with that from their doctor, would they?
05/04/2012
bh253 bh253
Funny, but totally inappropriate. He should get in trouble for that.
05/10/2012
pasdechat pasdechat
Ugh, certainly sensitivity training and if it happens again, fired. Yes, I'm sure she knew her luggage would be gone through, but to me that doesn't really matter, if you accept that sex is a biological drive; I'm not crazy about the idea of someone pawing through my tampons either, but I'm not going to leave them behind--a sex toy is only slightly less of a necessity, at least to people who find it difficult to orgasm without one.

TSA inspectors are in a position of tremendous responsibility and power, because they're looking through people's personal belongings--and that's not even restricted to explicitly sexual belongings. If I pack a book that the TSA agent doesn't like, it would be incredibly unprofessional and rude for him/her to leave a note mocking my personal tastes. Their job is to check luggage to make sure it's safe, not pass judgment on someone's character--the latter, to me at least, is a clear abuse of power.

Besides, to me the joke doesn't seem particularly innocent or funny. Now, to be fair, I'm pretty sensitive to perceived sexual harrassment/sexism. But still, I really don't think that the sentiment behind the note was "good for you, you sexually liberated woman!" To me, it sounds a lot like an adolescent boy fantasizing about/making fun of some sexually voracious, pornstar-esque girl. I could be way off base, but the thing is, without any context, you could absolutely take his comment that way--so why run the risk?
05/10/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Ansley
Sometimes people lose their heads and do stupid things. If it was something this TSA employee does on a frequent basis, they should be dismissed.
Yeah, basically. I'd probably laugh, but leaving personal notes regardless of content is inappropriate. If they do it once, a stern reprimand is in order. After that, fire them.
05/10/2012
RonLee RonLee
IF I were to make a joke in which a TSA agent considered the pairing of a few key words to be a threat, I could be criminally prosecuted or at the very least denied the "privilege" of air travel. Like pasdechat said, the TSA agent in question should be held to a higher standard of conduct than that of an adolescent boy.
05/10/2012
hall5885 hall5885
I would of laughed about it myself. But I can see how someone could be offended by it.
05/11/2012
spicyjjang spicyjjang
Extremely funny, but they shouldn't do it again.
07/25/2012
Billie Bones Billie Bones
So what this employee did was not okay and there should be repercussions. People have different comfort levels and its never okay to assume that someone would respond well to that kind of comment or note. However, if I got that note I think it would make my day.
07/26/2012
Experiment Experiment
The problem is that people want to have us trust the TSA and treat it like its the FBI. Except the TSA employees might as well be working at McDonald's for their skill-level and professionalism.
07/27/2012
quinceykay quinceykay
Completely inappropriate and unprofessional.
07/27/2012
Nirelan Nirelan
Meh, I would have thought the same thing as an inspector, but I would have known better than to write on the inspection ticket about it! She should get in trouble but not lose her job......maybe she'll learn a lesson about respect and privacy..
07/27/2012
Nirelan Nirelan
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Originally posted by Beck
HAHA that would be funny. It is inappropriate. Maybe he should get a suspension but not fired. And maybe some sexual harassment classes. Just so he would think twice before doing again.
OOOHHH sexual harassment classes are a good idea!
07/27/2012
JennSenn JennSenn
It's completely inappropriate! And it is NOT funny. Some people might find it so, but to me it's just creepy. As others pointed out what else might they have done to it? I would be mortified, but I wouldn't have put it into something likely to be checked. Probably wouldn't have packed it at all.

I don't think the worker should be fired if it's a first offense, but there should definitely be consequences. And not just a small slap on the wrist.
07/27/2012
Mari Mari
I have to go with the "wildly inappropriate". Admittedly, it was pretty funny. But still... that is so rude. If it were me, I would NOT find it amusing at all. I would be horrified, embarrassed, and would never touch the toy again (since, you know, some strange MAN had touched it... I would never be able to get over the knowledge that some man, possibly overly hairy, scary, gross, and/or a creeper, had touched it). Just thinking about it... *shudder*

On the one hand, I, personally (had this happened to me), would be screaming to fire the guy. But since it isn't happening to me, I would just say give him a FIRM reprimand. Possibly some sort of mandatory class/something on being polite/civil/DECENT to women and how not to be a sexist pig.

It's amazing how your opinion changes when you imagine it happening to you, huh?
07/27/2012
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