But before getting to that part, first note what the TSA hasn't been catching in checked baggage: loaded guns. Specifically, a loaded gun that slipped through security at LAX last Sunday. The only reason anyone even knows about the incident is because the gun simply fell out of a duffel bag as it was being unloaded at its destination. Not to worry thoughTSA wants you to know that it's only their responsibility to check for loaded guns in carry-on luggage, not in checked bags. Great news.
It's nonetheless interesting that TSA would bring up their searches of checked luggage. While some of their agents were very pointedly not catching loaded guns, other agentsspecifically those in Newarkwere leaving notes about sex toys in women's luggage. Jill Filipovic of Feministe was traveling to Dublin and had packed her silver bullet vibrator. When she opened her luggage on the other side of the ocean she found an inspection slip and a note saying "GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL."
Now we're not handwriting specialists so we can't tell whether the writing was from a man or a woman. If it was a guy, it's pervy in the creepiest way imaginable. If it was a girl, it was probablyprobablymeant as a failed kind of sassy joke. In either case it was wildly unprofessional, which is a problem inasmuch all TSA has is the promise of dispassionate, impersonal professionalism. Otherwise they're just a bunch of amateurs feeling up passengers and smirking at their sex toys.
[Photo: Filipovic / Feministe]