A male cross-dresser missed his flight when he was detained by TSA Agents when he failed to disclose his gender orientation.
Shadi Petosky claims he was “detained and harassed” at the Orlando airport after a body scanner captured an “anomaly” between his legs.
Petosky said he told the TSA agent the anomaly was “my penis.”
He said the TSA agent ordered him to “get back in the machine as a man or it was going to be a problem.”
But when the machine was re-calibrated for a male Petosky refused to walk into the scanner.
He was then offered the opportunity to choose a male or female officer to pat him down. But when Petosky couldn’t to protest, he was taken to a private area where he was pat down and his bags searched completely.
The 40-minute delay — due to his refusal to cooperate — caused him to miss his flight.
After reviewing the surveillance footage, the TSA “determined that the evidence shows our officers followed TSA’s strict guidelines.”
TSA guidelines calls for transgender travelers to “use the name and gender that appears on their government-issued ID when making flight reservations and at the security checkpoint.”
Petosky, who caught a flight out the next day, said a male TSA officer “told me I looked like a woman to him. Which I am sure he meant as a compliment, but what if I didn’t?”
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