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TSA Fires Screener After ‘Get Your Freak On’ TwitPic Scandal

get your freak on note TSA Fires Screener After Get Your Freak On TwitPic Scandal

Last night, we wrote about the TSA screener who was reviewed for disciplinary action after placing one of the TSA’s customary notices in Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic’s bag with the words “GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL” written on it. Ms. Filipovic posted the note to TwitPic, and then blogged about it. The TSA announced today that the screener was fired.

From the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs:

TSA completed its investigation of this matter, and has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service. 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.

This might not be the first federal employee canned explicitly because of something that was posted on the internet, but it’s very likely the first time a TSA employee has been fired because of something that went up on Twitter (when asked if this was the case, the TSA declined to comment). Ms. Filipovic is a prolific and widely read blogger, and her Tweet was actually linked by the TSA’s official blog when explaining the screening agent’s removal. But in the blog post she wrote on the matter for Feministe, she noted:

This is what TSA will do when they inspect a bag you checked and find a, um, “personal item.” Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.

Yesterday, she blogged on Feministe that she’s still “fairly shell-shocked (and not in a good way)” by the experience and the attention the story has received, noting:

I just want this story to go away. The note was inappropriate, the agent in question acted unprofessionally when s/he put in 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.

We’ve reached out to Jill Filipovic to get her take on the firing; she did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Comments

  1. Fgsfds says:

    Faaaaake tsa sees dildos all day long. She’s just an attention whore

    1. Paul Lalli says:

      Right, and the TSA fires agents all the time just because of someone’s claim of abuse/invasion, even though those agents actually did nothing wrong.  Oh, wait, not they don’t.  They retain the agents even in the face of overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing.  The TSA’s own internal investigation obviously proved that this incident was not “faaaaaaake”.

  2. Paul Lalli says:

    I’m confused.  Why did you copy and paste her blog entry in which she provided her take on the firing, and then say that you reached out to her for her take on the firing but she didn’t respond?  What did you think she was going to tell you that was different than the blog post you already saw and copied?

  3. dr evil says:

    to paraphrase, at first I laughed then when i found out i could get attention or money, I was offended.

    Inappropriate? yeah. Big deal? probably not.

  4. right here is what’s wrong with the freakin’ world.

  5. Grant Amherst says:

    she just wants the whole thing to go away… hmm… I guess if she hadn’t reported on it on HER OWN BLOG, no one would be the wiser!