ORLANDO, Fla. — A transgender woman was detained at the Orlando International Airport Monday night after a TSA officer found an "anomaly" on her during a body screen.
Shadi Petosky, a writer and producer for a Los Angeles entertainment company, said, on Twitter, she was "being held by the TSA in Orlando because of an 'anomaly' (my penis)." She continued to live tweet her "denigrating" experience, saying the TSA agent placed her in a small room alone. The agent allegedly then asked her to go through the body scan again and she refused.
Two police officers, an explosives specialist, and four TSA agents were called to the scene to examine her luggage and cellphone. She said the officers asked to take her phone away, but she told them she wanted to keep it to document her experience.
She was eventually released 40 minutes later but had to re-book her flight to Minneapolis. Petosky said she was told by American Airlines that she had to pay $955 to re-book per flight. She said she was charged for the ticket, and then asked for a refund. After going back and forth at the American Airlines counter for her boarding pass, she eventually was put on a flight to Miami.
The TSA released a statement Tuesday morning saying, "TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously…the evidence shows our officers followed TSA's strict guidelines."
Petosky is scheduled to board a flight to Minneapolis on Tuesday, but still struggling to obtain a boarding pass from American Airlines.