It’s not the typical note a frequent flier sees from the Transportation Security Administration in their checked baggage.
But New York writer and lawyer Jill Filipovic says she found more than the standard inspection slip in her luggage when she arrived in Dublin on a flight from the U.S. on Monday, after packing a ‘personal item’.
Over the notice, a scribbled message reading: ‘GET YOUR FREAK ON GIRL’ has sparked an investigation by TSA officials.
‘This is what TSA will do when they inspect a bag you checked and find a, um, “personal item”’, Ms Filipovic, a blogger for website Feministe, posted today in a snarky entry entitled ‘Your tax dollars at work’.
‘Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room,’ she wrote.
Ms Filipovic said she was travelling from Newark, New Jersey to Dublin over the weekend and found the note when she opened her luggage on Monday morning.
She told ABC News she had been with the bag from the time she packed until it was checked, leading her to believe a TSA agent wrote the note.
The posting was a hot topic among commenters on the feminist site, prompting Ms Filipovic to caution: ‘So my parents read this blog and they don’t need to know the details, but… it was about the most basic lady-thing you can imagine.’
A tweet with a link to a photo of the note prompted followers to offer their best one-liners.
But despite the light-hearted commentary, Ms Filipovic told the network she believed the remark to be ‘offensive’, and plans to file an official complaint.
A TSA spokesman said the agency is ‘one of several entities’ that handle checked bags for hand inspections if any alarms are raised when bags are screened.
The inspection card is inserted to alert travellers if their bags have been searched. However, the spokesman said there was not yet evidence as to who wrote the note.
A statement from the agency reads: ‘TSA takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct seriously and is investigating this claim.’
A spokesman said if inappropriate conduct was discovered ‘appropriate disciplinary action’ would be taken.