A non-binary transgender woman from Arizona has accused the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of being “ transphobic ” while describing the humiliation she faced at airport security.
Rosalynne Montoya, who mentions Rose and uses the pronouns she / her or she / them, flew 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 awful it is to travel transgender at times? I always have a huge fear of going through security, ‘the Spanish model explained in her viral TikTok, which has been viewed 19 million times.
Awful: Rosalynne Montoya, a non-binary transgender woman, opened up about the humiliation she faced at airport security when she flew from Phoenix to Los Angeles
And this means that I fully acknowledge the privilege that all of my documents are correct. So the gender mark on my driver’s license says female, for example. But when you go through the scanner, there is a male scanner and a female scanner in the TSA checkpoint. ‘
When a traveler enters the scanner, a TSA officer presses a button indicating a gender, male or female, based on the traveller’s appearance, according to the TSA website
The system does not take transgender people into account, which makes travel incredibly difficult and at times scary for members of the trans community.
‘When I look at me, you know, I look like a woman and I am a woman. So that’s great. I love to have systemic privilege when I feel unsafe, that’s at an airport, ”Montoya continued. “But when I go through the scanner, I always have an” anomaly “between my legs that sets off the alarm.
Frustratingly, the Arizona resident, using the pronouns she / her or she / she, said the full-body scanner detected an ‘anomaly’ between her legs as she walked through them
Misgendered: Montoya told TSA officer she was trans and offered to get a pat on the back, but was asked if she wanted to go through the male scanner instead
‘And thus [the TSA attendant] asked me if I had anything in my pants and I said “no” and she said, “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 sounded the alarm again. This time she told the TSA officer she was transgender.
‘So I thought, I’m trans. Just pat me on the back. And her solution was, “Do you want to be scanned as a man instead?” Not me. But in the end I did and then my breasts went for the scanner, because, of course, ”she said.
So I tried to make fun of it. I thought, “Oh yeah, there’s a lot of plastic in there! It’s fine.” So then she said, “Okay, we have to pat you on the back. Do you want a man to do it?” I said, “NO! Absolutely not.” ‘
Role model: Montoya, who has more than 481,000 TikTok followers, uses her platform to educate others about the difficulties facing transgender people
Candid: Montoya revealed in another video that she used a ‘Tuck Kit’ to tape her groin on her return flight so she could go through the TSA scanner without triggering it
Advice: “There is transphobia rooted in every power system in this country, so the basic solution is to simply believe transgender people when they tell you who they are,” she said.
In the comments, she noted that she had ‘tested negative for COVID’ and wore a mask at the airport the entire time, except when she ate and filmed the video.
Montoya, who has more than 481,000 TikTok followers, uses her platform to educate others about the difficulties facing transgender people.
“Getting run over by the police or traveling is scary for many of us because our documentation is not accurate,” she explained in a follow-up video. ‘This is a major problem because there is a lot of gatekeeping.
“It is sometimes very difficult to change your documents,” she remarked. In many states, you have to have surgery, which is also difficult to access in the first place. Most states do not allow nonbinary people to have a genderless marking on their identification documents. ‘
Montoya said the state of Idaho, where she was born, still does not allow her to change her birth certificate, but all of her other legal documents have been changed to indicate that she is a woman.
Raising Awareness: Montoya said she felt misleading and disrespected at the airport, insisting that ‘TSA should remove gender settings from their scanners’
Hit back: Montoya said TSA should believe her if she tells them she’s a trans woman and doesn’t want to be caught by a man or a man or if a woman wants to be scanned
“So while my legal documents are being changed, I really hope that transgender people will be able to change their documents more easily in the future,” she said.
Montoya revealed in another video that she could fly home more easily because she used a ‘Tuck Kit’ to tape her groin so she could go through the TSA scanner without triggering it.
A lot of people asked her what TSA can do better, and she pointed out that the problem is systemic.
“There is transphobia rooted in every power system in this country, so the basic solution is to simply believe trans people when they tell you who they are,” she said.
‘TSA needs to remove gender settings from their scanners, and they also have to believe me when I tell them I’m a trans woman and I don’t want to be knocked down by a man or scanned as a man. am not one. ‘