The Transportation Security Administration employee disciplined for allegedly leaving a personal note on an inspection card in a traveler's suitcase will be fired, the agency said on its blog.
"TSA has completed its investigation of this matter, and has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service," the agency said.
The disciplinary action comes after New York-based blogger and lawyer Jill Filipovic, who was traveling with a small vibrator in her checked luggage, discovered that someone had scrawled “Get your freak on girl,” across the TSA paperwork left in her bag.
Under the title “Your tax dollars at work,” Filipovic posted the note on the Feministe blog on Oct. 24 and added her own comment, “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.”
She also Tweeted a photo of the note, adding: “Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a 'personal item' in my bag. Wow.”
The TSA announced earlier this week that agency “has zero tolerance for this type of behavior" and that officials had “reached out to the passenger to personally apologize for this unfortunate incident."
Filipovic, who was in Dublin, e-mailed msnbc.com a statement on Thursday: “The note was inappropriate, the agent in question acted unprofessionally when s/he put in my bag, there should be consequences and I'm glad the TSA takes these things seriously. But I get no satisfaction in hearing that someone may be in danger of losing their job over this. I would much prefer a look at why 'security' has been used to justify so many intrusions on our civil liberties, rather than fire a person who made a mistake.”
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