Transgender Passenger ‘Forced To Remove Prosthetic Penis By Airport Security’

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A transgender passenger was forced to remove his prosthetic penis by airport security officials in Australia.

A member of airport staff put on two pairs of gloves to touch it, saying, ‘You want me to touch that thing with my bare hands?’

The alleged 2015 incident is the subject of a complaint from the National LGBTI Health Alliance in Australia.

The unnamed passenger said he was forced to remove the prosthetic after a scan alerted security staff.

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

‘In full view of other travellers, the Supervisor approached me putting rubber gloves on. He seemed more concerned with displaying his authority and making a spectacle out of the situation.

‘When I asked him what the gloves were for, he told me that he was going to do a ‘private search’.

‘Not only did this make me feel incredibly uneasy, and anxious, but it was demeaning and unnecessary.’

By Bradley Hayes 22/02/2016 06:11:00