Amanda Sapir, who identifies as gender nonconforming and trans masculine, shared a powerful Facebook post after getting the most “socially conscious TSA pat down ever” from an airport agent.
Amanda talks to Kim and Jackie about her experience.
From Amanda’s original post: And then there was the time that I had the most socially conscious TSA pat down ever. After exiting the body scanner I told TSA staff, “The scanner is going to flag my crotch with a big yellow square.” At that exact moment, the scanner results indeed showed the yellow square.
“Happens every time,” I say.
“Why do you think?” she says.
“Because I wear boxer briefs.”
“Oh, what is the gender you would like to be identified as?”
“Well, I consider myself gender nonconforming. I am female and also trans masculine.”
“Let’s see what happens when I tell the machine you are male,” she says.
She sends me through the scanner one more time. The yellow square disappears.
Though a yellow rectangle has now appeared across my chest. We both start laughing!
“Now the machine is wondering about…”
“Boobs,” we say in unison laughing some more.
She asks me how I identify so that she may pat me down accordingly.
“You get to decide how you are identified,” she says.
After the screening and pat down, which confirmed I pose no harm and I am not hiding anything anywhere, I let her know, “Thank you. That was the kindest and most socially aware TSA experience I have ever had. Your thoughtfulness really means the world.”
“I love people,” she says, “We should be kind to everyone.”