DC Trawler

Government agency actually punishes employee who did something wrong

Well, sort of. The other day, a TSA agent left a lascivious note in blogger Jill Filipovic’s luggage after finding one of her, ahem, very personal lady items. Here’s the helpful advice that was offered, and I’m quoting in full: “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL.”

Now the TSA has responded on their blog. (Yes, the TSA has a blog. That way they can respond quickly whenever one of their junk-touchers does something stupid.)

Earlier this week, a passenger found a highly inappropriate note scrawled on a “Notice of Inspection” that TSA places in checked bags if they are required to be searched. She tweeted a photo of what she found and we soon learned of the incident.

TSA quickly launched an investigation and identified the employee responsible. That individual was immediately removed from screening operations and appropriate disciplinary action has been initiated.

The handwritten note was highly inappropriate and unprofessional, and TSA has zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

Agency officials have also reached out to the passenger to personally apologize for this unfortunate incident.

“Removed from screening operations.” How about “removed from the job”? Wouldn’t that be an “appropriate disciplinary action”?

It’s something, at least. Let this be a lesson to all government agents: privacy is not something with which to toy.