Transgender Man Was Forced To Remove Prosthetic By Airport Security
Airport security humiliated a transgender individual by forcing him to remove his prosthetic penis during a body search.
According to Daily Mail, the 2015 incident was featured in a complaint the Australian National LGBTI Health Alliance submitted to a senate inquiry committee on airport security.
The prosthetic in the passenger's underwear was detected when he stepped into a body scanner.
He told a security officer he is transgender, but the officer summoned his supervisor.
In the complaint, the passenger reportedly said,
The supervisor then brought the passenger into a small room and told him to sign an unspecified form.
Before conducting the search, the supervisor put on a second glove.
When the passenger asked why this was necessary, the supervisor reportedly responded,
The passenger was instructed to remove the prosthetic and put it on a tray before the supervisor administered a pat-down.
The passenger reportedly explained,
The passenger allegedly went on to say even though he "developed a thick skin" due to "some very confronting situations in the past," the supervisor's treatment made him feel "incredibly degraded" and "anxious about [traveling]."
The LGBTI Health Alliance said in a statement the passenger's experience served as an example of "pervasive discrimination against LGBTI populations" by airport security.
The senate inquiry committee addressed in the passenger's complaint will release a report on the incident in May.