- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration is investigating a claim by a transgender woman who says she was treated unfairly at an airport security checkpoint.

Shadi Petosky, producer and co-founder of Puny Entertainment, tweeted about the incident at Orlando International Airport. She said TSA agents flagged her for an anatomical “anomaly” and caused her to miss her flight Monday with American Airlines.

“I stepped into the full body scanner, the TSA agent looked at me and pressed the F button,” Ms. Petosky told NBC News. “The scanner picked up an ‘anomaly’ in my crotch area.”

“I said, ‘I’m transgender. That’s my penis,’” she recalled. “The TSA officer then said something like, ‘If you are a man, then go back in the machine and we’ll run you as a man.’”

“If you don’t want to be run as a man, we’ll have to search you. Are you a man or a woman?” the agent asked, according to Ms. Petosky, NBC reported.

“I am sure you have some kind of transgender policy. Do you have training in this?” Ms. Petosky recalled telling the agent. To which, he replied, “I know what I’m doing.”

The TSA said in a statement that it takes “all potential civil rights violations very seriously. We are looking into the situation now for further information.”

American Airlines said it immediately rebooked Ms. Petosky on another flight leaving out of Miami, NBC reported.

But Ms. Petosky disputes that claim, tweeting Tuesday afternoon that she’s still stuck in Miami.

“Can American Airlines explain how if they immediately booked me flight to Minneapolis that I standing in Miami?!” she tweeted with a picture of herself surrounded by palm trees. “Can any other airlines book me the rest of my flight so I don’t have to fly on the airlines lying about me in National Press?”

“I just don’t understand what American Airlines is trying to protect here,” she added.

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