Trans Woman Live-Tweets Her TSA Nightmare

At 4:08 p.m. on Monday, a transgender writer and producer named Shadi Petosky started tweeting about an air-travel nightmare. But Petosky wasn’t moaning about being stuck on the runway or bemoaning the lack of complimentary snacks — she alleged she was being discriminated against by TSA agents for being trans.

She tweeted out, "I am being held by the TSA in Orlando because of an ‘anomaly’ (my penis)." Petosky went on to chronicle her alleged detention, explaining she was asked her sex and told not to take photos of the incident. Her tweets are below, but we can’t verify her story at this time. The TSA did not respond immediately to requests for comments.

According to Petosky, after "forty minutes, two body patdowns" she was released, but had missed her plane.

Petosky is the executive producer at PUNY, an interactive entertainment studio. She has been an animator supervisor on Yo Gabba Gabba and briefly on Parks and Recreation.

Update: At 6:34 p.m., American Airlines tweeted at Petosky, saying, "We’re sorry for any inconvenience you had while going through security, Shadi. We’re glad to see you’re rebooked." Petosky responded, "News to me! I am in the corner charging my phone. How? Where?"

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