Transgender woman slams TSA's full-body scan flagging an 'anomaly' at Orlando airport BY Nicole Hensley NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 8:23 AM A A A Share this URL Shadi Petosky via Twitter Shadi Petosky live-tweeted her embarrassing ordeal through a security checkpoint at the Orlando International Airport after an “anomaly" resulted in the transgender woman being taken aside by TSA agents. A transgender woman brought thousands of social media followers into her embarrassing experience navigating security at Orlando International Airport — a problem occasionally faced by traveling trans men and women. TSA agents flagged Shadi Petosky as she rushed to her flight to Minneapolis Monday night due to an “anomaly” that appeared in her full-body scan calibrated for a woman. “That’s my penis,” she bluntly told a male TSA agent, explaining that she was transgender. The awkward conversation brought Petosky to tears as additional agents questioned her gender and pulled her aside for a 40-minute pat-down, inspection and explosive material scare that resulted in a missed flight to Minneapolis. Dozens of tweets and a handful of tearful selfies documented the television producer’s ordeal, attracting the attention of transgender activists, American Airlines representatives and TSA officials. “I’m embarrassed about it,” Petosky told the Daily News from a hotel in Miami. The TSA agent reportedly asked Petosky to go back through the scanner under the male calibration, but she refused and then declined to say whether she was a man or a woman. “It is just a coincidence that I got a pat down for my genitals, then I had the worst agent and then I tested positive for explosives,” Petosky added. She repeatedly asked the TSA agents if they were properly trained with a transgender policy, but heard only one response: “I know what I am doing.” I am being held by the TSA in Orlando because of an "anomaly" (my penis) — Shadi Petosky (@shadipetosky) September 21, 2015 TSA agent Bramlet told me to get back in the machine as a man or it was going to be a problem. — Shadi Petosky (@shadipetosky) September 21, 2015 The Transportation Security Administration recommends transgender travelers travel under names and genders reflected on government identification and to request a private screening or speak to a supervisor while trekking through security. Those travel tips can be found on TSA’s website, but Petosky says she didn’t think to look before leaving Orlando after a vacation. Those tips to prepare trans flyers for airport security are also shared on National Center for Transgender Equality's website. I asked TSA agent Bramlet if he had any training in trans issues. He said "I know what I am doing" — Shadi Petosky (@shadipetosky) September 21, 2015 Cop asked me what sex I was. I told him I wasn't going to answer that question. I am complying but come on. — Shadi Petosky (@shadipetosky) September 21, 2015 “Had I gotten there earlier, I may have made my flight, but I wouldn’t have cried less,” Petosky said. Officials eventually cleared Petosky to cross the security checkpoint, leaving her to rebook her travel arrangements. Petosky’s anguish over airport security left a sour note for the center's executive director, Mara Keisling. “We’ve just been very troubled,” Keisling told The News. “Trans people can get caught up in this. More often we hear about trans men having trouble with TSA, but occasionally we hear about trans women.” In Petosky’s case, Keisling believes the situation “spiraled out of control with TSA agents just escalating it.” .@JennyBoylan TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously. We are looking into the situation now for further information. — TSA (@TSA) September 21, 2015 Transgender men and women are subject to more airport security checks, according to Homeland Security documents obtained by Al Jazeera America in 2014. TSA sent a statement to transgender activist Jenny Boylan, who recently appeared on an episode of “I Am Cait,” and acknowledged the agency’s awareness of Petosky’s plight. “TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously. We are looking into the situation now for further information,” officials told Boylan late Monday.