Flyer Shadi Petosky, who is transgender, was trying to fly from Orlando to Minneapolis yesterday afternoon but was detained at security by the TSA, who Shadi claims told her that they were holding her because of a body-related “anomaly.” Which is to say, that the TSA felt that a woman presenting as a woman but possessing a male body part was suspicious.
The whole debacle has been chronicled on Shadi’s Twitter account, among other sources, but it appears, per Vox, that:
— Shadi was trying to get to her American Airlines flight from Orlando to Minneapolis (presumably connecting somewhere in between)
— TSA detained her for a body-related “anomaly” and instructed her to go back through the machine “as a man”
— TSA then ordered her to stop using her phone to take photos, videos and live-Tweet
— 40 minutes later, Shadi was out of the security area but had missed her flight