Transgender Woman Traumatized At Orlando Airport Over Penis Anomaly
Transgender people may seem trendy these days thanks to Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner but that doesn’t mean they don’t face plenty of struggles. Just ask Shadi Petosky, who had quite a harrowing experience at the Orlando airport on Monday.
According to NY Daily News reports:
TSA agents flagged Shadi Petosky as she rushed to her flight to Minneapolis Monday night due to an “anomaly” that appeared in her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.
“That’s my penis,” she bluntly told a male TSA agent, explaining that she was transgender.
The awkward conversation brought Petosky to tears as additional agents questioned her gender and pulled her aside for a 40-minute pat-down, inspection and explosive material scare that resulted in a missed flight to Minneapolis.
“I’m embarrassed about it,” Petosky told the Daily News from a hotel in Miami.
The TSA agent reportedly asked Petosky to go back through the scanner under the male calibration, but she refused and then declined to say whether she was a man or a woman.
“It is just a coincidence that I got a pat down for my genitals, then I had the worst agent and then I tested positive for explosives,” Petosky added.
Yikes… Sounds like a nightmare.
In any case, Petosky revealed that she wasn’t aware of these kinds of issues before but it turns out the TSA thoroughly addresses the issue on their website.
The Transportation Security Administration recommends transgender travelers travel under names and genders reflected on government identification and to request a private screening or speak to a supervisor while trekking through security.
Those travel tips can be found on TSA’s website, but Petosky says she didn’t think to look before leaving Orlando after a vacation.
Those tips to prepare trans flyers for airport security are also shared on National Center for Transgender Equality’s website.
Transgender men and women are subject to more airport security checks, according to Homeland Security documents obtained by Al Jazeera America in 2014.
TSA sent a statement to transgender activist Jenny Boylan, who recently appeared on an episode of “I Am Cait,” and acknowledged the agency’s awareness of Petosky’s plight.
“TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously. We are looking into the situation now for further information,” officials told Boylan late Monday.
Damn… Crazy right. Who knew it was so complicated.
Hit the flip for some of Petosky’s tweets.