TSA Will No Longer Describe Transgender Flyers With the Word 'Anomaly'
After delaying a transgender woman—and ultimately causing her to miss her flight—last month, the TSA has announced that they will no longer use the word "anomaly" to describe trans bodies. The change is thanks to Shadi Petosk, who took to Twitter (check out her tweets below) to step her followers through her experience, which included multiple trips through the body scanner, two full-body pat-downs, and a complete search of her luggage, all of which put her 40 minutes behind schedule.
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Previously, TSA officers are directed to screen transgender flyers as "he or she presents themselves at the security checkpoint." Last week, the agency announced that they will remove all mentions and future use of the word anomaly on the TSA website and on-site to describe these passengers.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.