- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kristin Beck, a former SEAL Team 6 member who publicly came out as transgender in 2013, says security officials at Reagan National Airport humiliated her when they referred to her by the wrong pronoun.

On Tuesday afternoon, the retired Navy SEAL was in Washington, D.C., heading to Kansas City to give a speech to federal employees about transgender rights, CNN reported.

Ms. Beck, formerly Christopher Beck, said she entered the security checkpoint and stepped into the body scanner, as she’s done many times before.

She told CNN that she was flagged for a secondary screening, but the two Transportation Security Administration agents turned their backs to her and started whispering.

“I’m a female,” she said she told them. “It’s no big deal.”

The agents called over their supervisor, who directed the male agent to pat “him” down, Ms. Beck recalled.

“These are my real boobs, he’s not going to pat me down,” she said she told them. “This is wrong. I’m a female, it says female on my Maryland driver’s license. This is the real me.”

According to Ms. Beck, the supervisor responded, “Then somebody pat him down,” CNN reported.

The female agent stepped forward and did the pat-down, Ms. Beck said. She said she walked away from the encounter in tears.

“Just when I thought TSA was doing well with gender and those of us that don’t quite conform to magazine model stereotypes…. They call me ‘him’ and ask if TSA Dude can pat me down?” she wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

“I’m sad, for TSA, our country, our future… Why is this so difficult? I’m a tomboy, I’m an American, I’m a veteran, I’m combat wounded warrior, I’m a real human with real feelings,” she continued. “Oh, the kicker. I’m flying to Kansas City to give a HUMAN RIGHTS speech at Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons on rights and treatment etc.”

The TSA did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

Ms. Beck recounted the story the next day in her speech, prompting TSA employees to approach her and apologize on the agents’ behalf. She said some of her friends in the TSA also shared her post with their leadership, who contacted her about the incident, CNN reported.

“The TSA does a great job 99% of the time. This is a 1% error,” Ms. Beck said. “They have a tough job but they need to continue training and continue to do better.”

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