A transgender woman was detained and mistreated by TSA while going through airport security on Monday.
Shadi Petosky was trying to fly from Orlando to Minneapolis, but was stopped and harassed by workers who at one point told her to “get back into the machine as a man.”
Petosky’s story quickly went viral after she decided to live-tweet the chain of events.
TSA spoke to Mashable about the incident:
“Our officers are trained to properly screen members of the transgender community […] After examining closed circuit TV video and other available information, TSA has determined that the evidence shows our officers followed TSA’s strict guidelines. Supervisory personnel and a Passenger Support Specialist participated in the screening to ensure guidelines were met.”
Mashable also noted that TSA’s website says that “transgender persons should use the name and gender that appears on their government-issued ID when making flight reservations and at the security checkpoint,” and that “screening can be conducted in a private screening area with a witness or companion. You may request private screening or to speak with a supervisor at any time during the screening process.”
Follow Petosky’s Twitter for more updates.