A video of a transgender woman is going viral after recalling a recent experience in an airport with the Transportation Security Administration.
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Model and content creator Rosalynne Montoya recently shared an experience with social media users and insisted that TSA is transphobic.
Montoya, according to Buzzfeed, is an Arizona-based, Hispanic, bisexual, nonbinary transgender woman. She was recently traveling from Phoenix to Los Angeles to visit her boyfriend.
When she arrived at the airport, Montoya said she was subjected to humiliating treatment at the hands of TSA.
“Can we talk about how horrible it is to travel while being transgender sometimes?” Montoya asked in the now-viral video, which has been seen by at least 18 million people at the time of this reporting. “I always have immense anxiety leading up to going through security. And this means that I totally recognize the privilege of having all of my documents correct. So, the gender marker on my license, for example, says ‘female.'”
“But, going through the scanner, there’s a male scanner and a female scanner in the TSA checkpoint,” Montoya continued. “And, looking at me, you know, I look like a woman and I am a woman. So, that’s great. I love having systemic privilege when I feel unsafe, which is in an airport. But, going through the scanner, I always have an ‘anomaly’ between my legs that sets off the alarm. And so [a female TSA agent] asked me if I had anything in my pants and I told her ‘No’ and she’s like, ‘Well, maybe it’s just like the metal on your shorts, so let’s scan you again.'”
Montoya said that she went through the scanner a second time, only to be told that she needed to be patted down.
“So, I was like look, I’m trans. Just pat me down. And her solution was, ‘Do you want to be scanned as a man instead?’ I didn’t. But, I ended up doing it and then my boobs set off the scanner because, of course,” she continued. “So, I tried to make a joke out of it. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a lot of plastic in there! It’s fine.’ So then she was like, ‘OK, well we have to pat you down. Do you want a man to do it?’ I said, ‘No! Absolutely not.'”
After her experience, Montoya said she felt “dysphoric and disrespected.”
“In the future, I will be signing up and paying for TSA pre-check before my next flight to hopefully prevent this from ever happening to me again, but I shouldn’t have to take this extra step in order to feel safe while traveling,” Montoya added.
According to the outlet, Montoya said representatives from the TSA headquarters have reached out to her and want to have a conversation with her on Friday.