When flying outside of the United States, it's common to find a note from TSA informing you that your bag has been searched. What isn't normal, is finding a note that reads GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL.
Jill Filipovic, blogger and founder of Feministe, flew from Newark Airport to Dublin on Saturday night. When she opened up her bag on Sunday morning, she found a personalized message penned on the official form from the TSA. Not only did the form tell her that her bag had been inspected, it also told her to get her freak on.
Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow, Filipovic tweeted, attaching a picture of the form.
So this song has been stuck in my head all day, she later tweeted, adding a link to the Missy Elliott song Get Ur Freak On.
On her blog, Filipovic shared her thoughts about the incident.
Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not OK, she said, adding but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.
Because the note was written on the TSA notice, Filipovic was fairly certain a TSA officer wrote it.
A spokesperson for the TSA said on Monday that they are one of several entities that handle checked bags and that at this time there is no concrete evidence who wrote the note.
TSA added that if inappropriate conduct is discovered, TSA [will take] appropriate action.
It was a $15 bullet vibe from Babeland, about the most basic sex toy you can imagine, Filipovic explained to New York Magazine in an e-mail. It has now been officially retired, since I have no idea if the TSA agents manhandled it.
She said that she purchased it specifically because she figured it wouldn't raise any flags with the TSA.
While Filipovic initially found the note funny, upon further reflection, she believed it to be offensive and plans on filing a complaint once she returns to the U.S.
I hope they do see the complaint, they'll look into it and remind their staff that going through people's personal belongings is a responsibility that should be treated with some modicum of professionalism, Filipovic told ABC News.
More disturbing still is the fact that while one TSA agent was leaving secret notes in Filipovic's bag, a loaded .38-caliber handgun fell out of a checked bag at Los Angeles International Airport.
It seems some bags are inspected more than others.