“And that’s why you always leave a note.” —J. Walter Weatherman
The TSA’s invasion of personal privacy for the sake of security theater is well-documented. But when we hear such stories, they’re usually confined to the mandated, groping hands of screeners. It’s rare that we’re treated to stories of what happens when the TSA rifles through your luggage.
Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic checked, ahem, a “personal item” in her suitcase while traveling. Instead of the standard Notice of Inspection most airline users are expected to find, Filipovic found one with a handwritten note that read simply: “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL.”
“Just unpacked my suitcase and found this note from TSA. Guess they discovered a ‘personal item’ in my bag. Wow,” she wrote on Twitter early Monday morning.
In her subsequent post for Feministe called “Your tax dollars at work,” she added, “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.”
BoingBoing followed up on the story (because, why not?) with Filipovic, who said the item was a $15 “Silver Bullet” vibrator from Babeland. The happy machine was still in her bag, but due to the uncertainty of its handling, she told BB that “it’s definitely being retired.”
It seems like Filipovic is somewhat cool with the TSA’s invasion of her privacy herein. You might say she is taking it lying down. If you’re a fan of clichéd puns, that is. It’s a good thing for the TSA’s lawyers she’s a good sport and doesn’t have a stick up her butt — pretty sure that’s a different toy.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is what Filipovic looks like, via her Twitter feed:
What say you? How would you react to this? Is it funny, or is it invasive? Both?