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LGBT News Trans Woman Detained in Orlando Airport Because of her Genitals

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    Woman's Expulsion From Florida Airport Is Just One Example of Everyday Transphobia - Mic

    This is a really shit move, Orlando. The TSA has a trans procedure;

    that sadly, is not followed very well.

    This is just yet another unfortunate example of trans discrimination. Disgusting.
     
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    Oh, humanity...
     
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    Goddammit. I heard about this. Makes me so mad that people are treated like that for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

    *punches pillow*
     
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    Maybe its because its late, but can anyone explain to me how this happened? An "anomaly?" How did they even know she had a penis?
     
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    They use x-rays at the security check now, and they see everything. It's to see if anyone is packing anything dangerous, like apparently...a penis.
     
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    The body scanners looks for anomalies to the shape of the body. Since it penetrates clothing but not skin, it can actually "see" the shape of your body in detail. The operators are expected to input a gender into the machine, so it doesn't mistake things like breasts and a penis as an anomaly. Unfortunately, if you pass, it means you get input as female, and it flags the penis as an anomaly and possible bomb. As part of "respecting privacy" the operator only gets a sort of gingerbread man representation on the screen, with boxes where the machine has found anomalies.

    That said, these things produce a ton of false positives even when other issues aren't compounding it. I've been checked every time because of oddities in my own body that happened as a result of growing up. And I'm not in this woman's position right now.

    ---------- Post added 2nd Dec 2015 at 06:52 AM ----------

    My understanding is that the back scatter stuff was almost all replaced with millimeter scanners (which use radio/microwave frequencies, and are non-ionizing).
     
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    Thanks!

    That's weird. I recently flew out of LAX and then out of MIA and I didn't have to get a body scan on either flight, and both are major airports. Still, if they're gonna do that I guess they need better policies for transgender people or at least stick to the ones they have....
     
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    It tends to depend on factors like time of day if they are used over the metal detectors. But the more recent software actually makes it impossible for a screener to tell what is going on because of privacy concerns. The machines are basically automated except for the ability to pick male or female body type on the machine to calibrate it.

    Any current policy is inadequate if someone basically has to out themselves prior to having SRS nearly every time they fly.
     
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    That's horrible! :frowning2: this doesn't surprise me though. In a backwards state like Florida this isn't uncommon.
     
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    Another reason I want to move out of this state.

    She should not have gone through all that bull, it's ridiculous.
     
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    *Facepalm*
     
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    Seems like they just need better sensitivity training altogether. There are nontrans people out there who, for various reasons, may be mistaken for the opposite sex.
     
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    You really know what hey should be detaining people for?

    For being this level of stupid.

    But we all know that isn't happening any time soon, there'd be near nobody in charge!
     
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    I honestly think humanity is going lower with stupidity sometimes. I really do.
     
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    It seems nowadays, the moment you put your feet on the airport, you stop being a human being and become something else.

    Last time in Berlin they bothered at least to ask me about my gender 'cause I'm passing, but of course my reservation had been made with the birth name and the gender that is still on the id. I just didn't wanted any troubles, and to plan and pay for the whole trip had been not only time consuming, but also expensive as hell, I couldn't afford risk it.

    I miss the days when going to the airport wasn't a negative experience. Also the obligatory strip-tease for everybody is degrading. I've seen things in airports you wouldn't believe...