"As soon as TSA completed its investigation of the matter, action was initiated to remove the individual from federal service," Greg Soule, a TSA spokesman, wrote in a statement. "Like all federal employees, this individual is entitled to due process and protected by the Privacy Act. During the removal action process, the employee will not perform any screening duties."
Soule called the note "highly inappropriate" and said the agency has reached out to the passenger to apologize.
A TSA screener at New Jersey’s Newark Airport apparently spotted a "sex toy” stuffed inside a passenger’s luggage last Saturday and wrote, “Get your freak on girl” in black ink on the back of a TSA notice inside passenger Jill Filipovic's luggage, she revealed on her Twitter page.
She identified the item in an email to New York Magazine:
“It was a $15 bullet vibe from Babeland, about the most basic sex toy you can imagine. It has now been officially retired, since I have no idea if the TSA agents manhandled it.”
Filipovic wrote on her blog, Feministe, that the message was “wildly inappropriate” but she “died laughing” about it in her hotel room.
But she told FoxNews.com in an email Monday evening that she's transitioning to being "pretty disturbed" by the note. She said these agents are given a lot of authority with little oversight.
Filipovic said she was not looking to get anyone fired over the incident, but she received a lot of feedback from others with other stories of public humiliation at the hands of TSA. She said she hopes the TSA addresses the larger issue, not just this one case.
She wrote that she suspects "whoever left the note felt comfortable doing so (I also suspect that they believed most women would be embarrassed to be "caught" with personal items and wouldn't file a complaint)," she wrote in the email. "That is certainly cause for concern."