Sex toy note angers traveller

Frequent fliers are often given words of encouragement by airport staff when they travel, but one note from a member of the Transport Security Administration (TSA) has left a passenger feeling ‘unsatisfied’.

Jill Filipovic, a New York writer and lawyer, says she found a note reading: ‘GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL’ after a TSA screener discovered an item of a personal nature.

Get your freak on

Ms Filipovic said she was travelling from New Jersey to Dublin over the weekend and found the note when she opened her luggage on Monday morning.

She initially Tweeted: "Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow."

She then wrote on the blog Feministe: “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.”

She identified the item in an email to New York Magazine: “It was a US$15 'bullet vibe' from Babeland, about the most basic sex toy you can imagine.”

She went on to say: “To the agent who wrote the note, I'd like to say that he has actually impeded me from 'getting my freak on’, since I now have to dispose of the offending item, as I'm not sure what he did with it while it was in his possession. It has now been officially retired, since I have no idea if the TSA agents manhandled it.”

Jill Filipovic

Alex Jones’s Infowars have thrown a few punches at the TSA by stating on their website: “While proving themselves adept at identifying women’s vibrators, TSA screeners are notoriously less skilled at actually doing what they’re paid to do - finding dangerous items.

“TSA screeners missed a loaded gun inside a checked bag at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday.”

Greg Soule, a TSA spokesman, said Filipovic has not filed a complaint about the incident, but the TSA “takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is investigating this claim." It certainly seems that the TSA will probe more deeply into the allegation.

What do you think gappers? Have you ever had any similar experiences or been concerned about anything you brought through customs (on a gap year or otherwise)? Would you see this as an invasion of privacy, or would you see the funny side? Have you ever been subjected to an awkward security search? Come on peeps - you can tell us…

Photo of TSA notice (©Jill Filipovic / twitpic)

Photo of Jill Filipovic taken by Jim Milles (via Creative Commons)