A transgender activist said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) poked and probed her genitalia because of what agents called a “groin anomaly.”
TSA agents did a full-nudity inspection of Mia “Tu Mutch” Satya’s genitalia at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Sunday as the transgendered Democratic National Committee delegate was preparing to depart for her party’s convention in Florida.
Satya, who was born male, told reporters the TSA’s actions are something the transgendered community has to contend with on a daily basis.
“This kind of harassment and non-consensual groping is so widespread that when I posted it to Facebook a lot of the comments were ‘How is this any different than what happens to me when I go to the airport. And it’s not,” Satya said. “The agency has proven itself unwilling to listen to the trans community.”
Satya said the TSA agent, “touched my thighs [on] both sides” and “the entirety of my panties from my balls and the front to the bottom of my dick.”
The pat down was apparently not enough to satisfy agents, because she was then led to a private room, where agents requested Satya pull down her panties. The TSA inspected her genitalia for several seconds, Satya said.
If there is an anomaly, then the agents are obligated to inspect the passenger.
The TSA did not respond to questions about the incident. Instead the agency directed reporters to its policy on handling transgendered people’s screenings, which states that, “When you enter the imaging portal, the TSA officer presses a button designating a gender (male/female) based on how you present yourself.”
“Stop treating trans people like terrorists,” she said, “just for defying your limited understanding of gender,” she said.
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