Monday, October 03, 2016

Transgender's 'Uncomfortable' Transit at Abu Dhabi Airport

An Indian transgender activist had to face an embarrassing situation at the Abu Dhabi airport in the wee hours of Friday.

Back from Kenya and on her way to India, Mumbai-based Abhina Aher had a transit stop in UAE's capital, she was going through a metal detector when it beeped. According to Aher's Facebook post, airport officers requested to see her passport. One of them asked Aher to keep her bags away and took her passport.

The airport officials, according to Aher asked her to explain the 'T' in her passport. "They were constantly asking me questions in public whether you are a man or woman, "to which I kept replying that I am a woman and a woman should check me," she said in her Facebook post.

Female officers at the airport were not willing to search her and she wasn't comfortable with men frisking her. It was a hapless situation for Mumbai-based Abhina Aher.

"Another officer said I am half-man half-woman. Finally, two men forcefully tried to check me physically," recounted Aher.

"The officers were suspicious as to why I was not letting them touch my body and insisted on a woman to do that. Finally another office suggested me to remove all jewellery and shoe. Finally I was cleared to go but this experience is insisting how important it is to do global advocacy on trans issues," she said.
03/10/16 Ashwani Kumar/Mcclatchy/Aviation Pros
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