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Trans woman live-tweets her airport agony after being told she has an ‘anomaly’

Trans woman live-tweets her airport agony after being told she has an ‘anomaly’

A trans woman has shared her horrific experiences of being humiliated in an airport

A trans woman has live-tweeted her agony in an airport after being told by TSA agents that she has an anomaly.

Shadi Petosky has flown a lot, but this was perhaps her worst experience ever when she was held up, locked up in a room without her consent, humiliated and ultimately forced to miss her flight.

 

 

After all of that, Shadi still needed to get out of Orlando. She went to the American Airlines desk, where she was told there was no flights out of there. Eventually, she was able to rebook onto another flight leaving out of Miami the next day.

A statement from the TSA reads: ‘Our officers are trained to properly screen members of the transgender community. TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously and conducted a review of the incident.

‘After examining closed circuit TV video and other available information, TSA has determined  that the evidence shows our officers followed TSA’s strict guidelines.

‘Supervisory personnel and a Passenger Support Specialist participated in the screening to ensure guidelines were met.’

This was enough to annoy Shadi even more.

Following Shadi’s ordeal, she urged others to follow other people sharing their experiences of being in airports. The #TravelingWhileTrans hashtag soon started to go viral, with many people sharing their stories of being confronted by security when their appearances did not match their legal documents.

According to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 11% of trans people had been ‘denied equal treatment’ by airport staff or the TSA and 17% had been harassed or disrespected.