A transgender woman brought thousands of social media followers into her embarrassing experience navigating security at Orlando International Airport — a problem occasionally faced by traveling trans men and women.
TSA agents flagged Shadi Petosky as she rushed to her flight to Minneapolis Monday night due to an “anomaly” that appeared in her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.
“That’s my penis,” she bluntly told a male TSA agent, explaining that she was transgender.
The awkward conversation brought Petosky to tears as additional agents questioned her gender and pulled her aside for a 40-minute pat-down, inspection and explosive material scare that resulted in a missed flight to Minneapolis.
Dozens of tweets and a handful of tearful selfies documented the television producer’s ordeal, attracting the attention of transgender activists, American Airlines representatives and TSA officials.
“I’m embarrassed about it,” Petosky told the Daily News from a hotel in Miami
Transgender Woman Slams TSA’s Full-Body Scan Flagging Her Penis As An ‘Anomaly’ At Orlando Airport