The Toronto-based transgender artists insist the questioning they faced on the WestJet flight last Friday was simply «inappropriate».
«She came over and said, ‘You guys have to teach us how to do our makeup,’» 39-year-old Arsenault told Canada’s Metro News. «And then they were like, ‘You know, because you used to be guys, right?’»
So Sanfino decided to get revenge by strutting down the aisle, topless. After all, actions speak louder than words.
«She walked down the aisle with quite a bit of grace and flamboyance and had her arms out,» Arsenault said. «And then the flight attendants came and covered her up, saying ‘Think about the children!’»
They were both arrested — Arsenault was handcuffed after refusing to stop filming Sanfino’s arrest.
They claim the officers deleted photos from their camera while in a holding cell.
Alberta police confirmed the arrest. Sanfino was charged with causing a disturbance, while Arsenault was released without charge.
Arsenault said of the incident: «Let’s face it: If you’re legally male, it’s not even illegal to remove your top. I think that was the politics she was exposing. If you’re going to treat me like a male, then I’ll put this in your face. Which begs the question: Now am I?»
A WestJet spokesperson declined to comment on the case as it’s under investigation.