A transgender activist is speaking out after she said she was harassed by the Transportation Security Administration while traveling as a delegate to this week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Mia “Tu Mutch” Satya, of San Francisco, said she was stopped Sunday by TSA workers at Reagan International Airport in Washington D.C. after a body scanner showed a “groin anomaly,” The San Francisco Examiner reported.
Ms. Satya identifies as a woman, but she still has the biological anatomy of a man. She said the agents ordered her to a private screening room, where she had to take off her underwear and wait several seconds as they examined her privates, The New York Daily News reported.
“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,” Ms. Satya, 25, told The Examiner. “The agency has proven itself unwilling to listen to the trans community.”
A TSA spokesperson was unable to to confirm the incident but pointed to its policy on screening transgender people, which explains “when you enter the imaging portal, the TSA officer presses a button designating a gender (male/female) based on how you present yourself,” The Examiner reported.
If an alarm is sounded, “additional screening” is conducted.
Ms. Satya plans to file a complaint with the TSA.
“I don’t wanna be a victim. This isn’t some cry-me-a-river story,” she told The Examiner.
Instead, she wants the TSA to reform its policies.
“Stop treating trans people like terrorists, just for defying your limited understanding of gender,” she said.
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