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Transgender woman accuses TSA of being ‘transphobic’ while detailing the horror she faced at airport security, saying she has an ‘anomaly’ between her legs that ‘sets off the alarm’

A non-binary transgender woman from Arizona has accused the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of being ‘transphobic’ while detailing the humiliation she faced at airport security.

Rosalynne Montoya, who goes by Rose and uses the pronouns she/her or they/them, was flying from Phoenix to Los Angeles when she was stopped at security after the full-body scanner detected an ‘anomaly’ between her legs.

‘Can we talk about how horrible it is to travel while being transgender sometimes? I always have immense anxiety leading up to going through security,’ the Hispanic model explained in her viral TikTok, which has been viewed 19 million times.

Trans woman Rosalynne Montoya details awful experience with TSA.

A non-binary transgender woman from Arizona has accused the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of being ‘transphobic’ while detailing the humiliation she faced at airport security.

Rosalynne Montoya, who goes by Rose and uses the pronouns she/her or they/them, was flying from Phoenix to Los Angeles when she was stopped at security after the full-body scanner detected an ‘anomaly’ between her legs.

‘Can we talk about how horrible it is to travel while being transgender sometimes? I always have immense anxiety leading up to going through security,’ the Hispanic model explained in her viral TikTok, which has been viewed 19 million times.

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.’

When a traveler enters the scanner, a TSA officer presses a button designating a gender, either male or female, based on the traveler’s appearance, according to the TSA website.

The system doesn’t account for transgender people, which makes traveling incredibly difficult and sometimes scary for members of the trans community.

‘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,’ Montoya continued. ‘But, going through the scanner, I always have an “anomaly” between my legs that sets off the alarm.

And so [the TSA attendant] 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 she went through the scanner a second time and once again set off the alarm. This time, she told the TSA officer she was transgender.

‘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 recounted.

‘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.”‘