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TSA to fire ‘Get your freak on girl’ screener

The Transportation Security Administration says it plans to fire the screener who left a note in the luggage of a female passenger.

A message posted on the agency’s blog late Thursday said, “TSA has completed its investigation of this matter, and has initiated action to remove the individual from federal service.”

“Like all federal employees, this Transportation Security Officer is entitled to due process and the protections embodied in the Privacy Act,” the agency added. “Pending the completion of the removal action, the employee will not perform any screening duties.”

That’s official federal lingo for — the worker will be fired.

As we reported earlier this week, the screener at Newark Liberty International Airport wrote the message on the back of a Notice of Inspection slip that TSA places in bags that require a physical search.

“Get your freak on girl,” the message said, allegedly in response to a sex toy packed in the luggage of Jill Filipovic, a Manhattan blogger and lawyer.

She discovered the personal message on the back of the inspection slip when she unpacked her bags after arriving in Ireland last Sunday. In response, she tweeted the photo and blogged about it: “Total violation of privacy, wildly inappropriate and clearly not ok, but I also just died laughing in my hotel room.”

The incident is just the latest in a series of unrelated episodes involving inappropriate or criminal behavior committed by TSA screeners.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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