Rapper Freddie Gibbs was tried to create a new version of the “Mile High Club.” However, the TSA had one simple response for the Gary, Indiana rapper: “C’mon Son.”
Gibbs, also known as “Gangsta Gibbs,” was flying from Los Angeles to Denver on Dec. 14 to perform and was transporting his personal stash of marijuana with him. When an unnamed TSA officer inspected his bag and found the pot, instead of reporting it to a superior and confiscating it, the officer wrote “C’mon Son” — the phrase made famous by New York DJ Ed Lover — on the inspection slip.
When Gibbs arrived in Denver, he discovered the inspection slip and did what anyone would’ve done in a situation like this: He tweeted a picture of the slip and the two rather large bags of cannabis for the word to see.
There is no word from the TSA on what will happen to the officer who left the note, but they are investigating the incident, so Gibbs likely is not out of the woods yet. This is the second time in recent months that a TSA officer has left a humorously editorialized note in a passenger’s bag.
On Oct. 23, a TSA agent at Newark Airport left a message for Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic after discovering a sex toy in her bag. The note said “Get your freak on, girl.”
Filipovic tweeted a picture of the note, just like Gibbs, and that officer was suspended and eventually fired by the TSA. The agency also apologized to Filipovic, who found more humor than outrage in the entire incident.
“I get no satisfaction in hearing that someone may be in danger of losing their job over this,” Filipovic blogged on Oct. 26. “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.”
For Gibbs, it’s not about civil liberties. He thought the entire situation was funny, even if his own Twitter followers — including rapper Bun B of UGK – thought Gibbs’ tweeting the picture of the weed wasn’t the brightest move.
Gibbs, who ironically chastised former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd for being arrested on drug charges on Twitter last week, did have a slightly more positive message on his Twitter feed on Saturday, tweeting “Say no 2 Drugs.”
To quote the TSA: C’mon, Son.