TSA to stop using 'anomaly' in describing transgender passengers

Story highlights

  • The TSA announced the change after a transgender woman complained about her experience at an Orlando airport
  • The agency has removed the word from its website

Washington (CNN)The Transportation Security Administration will stop using the word "anomaly" to describe transgender passengers, the agency said this week.

The agency, which has removed the word from its website, agreed to stop using the term after Shadi Petosky, a transgender woman, complained online about her experience last month at an Orlando airport. The woman protested after airport security held her for 40 minutes because of an "anomaly" detected when she walked through the full body scanner.
She tweeted the entire interaction:
    "I am being held by the TSA in Orlando because of an "anomaly" (my penis)," Shadi Petosky tweeted last month.
    The TSA replied that it would investigate.
    ".@JennyBoylan TSA takes all potential civil rights violations very seriously. We are looking into the situation now for further information," the agency said.
    The TSA says in its procedures that it screens transgender people as "he or she presents themselves at the security checkpoint." And now it also pledges to review its training policy so that officers are more sensitive to these passengers.
    The change was cheered by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
    "Transgender people deserve respect, safety, and equal treatment everywhere. Good move by @TSA," she tweeted.