Transgender Airline Passenger ‘Forced To Remove Prosthetic Penis’

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Photo via Passport Magazine

A transgender passenger has opened up about an incident at airport secruity in which he was forced to remove his prosthetic penis while going through airport security, becoming the subject of a complaint lodged by the National LGBTI Health Alliance to an Australian Senate committee on airport and aviation security.

During the incident in question, which allegedly took place in 2015, the passenger was subjected to a routine full-body scan, after which a staff member pulled him aside, wearing not one, but two pairs of gloves, saying, “You want me to touch that thing with my bare hands?”

“I explained to the office at the scanner that I am trans, and that I was wearing a prosthetic,” the passenger told Daily Mail Australia, “to which he responded that he would need to get his supervisor.” 

The passenger went on to say that the staff member appeared “more concerned with displaying his authority and making a spectacle of the situation,” echoed in a statement released by the LGBTI Health Alliance, highlighting a “climate of pervasive discrimination against LGBTI populations.”

The complaint, over a “demeaning” and “unnecessary” private search, has become subject to an ongoing Senate investigation, writes The Mirror UK, which is due to yield its findings come May 2016.

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