dearJulius.com Write For Us

New Bill Would Force TSA to Adopt 'Gender-Neutral' Screenings

SHARE:

© Photo: AP

By Sidney Fussell, Gizmodo

U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a New York Democrat, has introduced a new bill that compels the Transportation Security Administration to adopt gender-neutral technologies and screening techniques.

The “Screening With Dignity Act” mandates new training protocols, new privacy protections, and, chiefly, a cost analysis of recalibrating full-body screening technology to be more inclusive of transgendered and non-binary passengers.

“No one should have to go through airport security scared that they might be humiliated, discriminated against or outed,” Rice told Them, an online publication focusing on queerness and political issues. “But unfortunately, many transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals worry about this every time they get in line at a TSA checkpoint.”

Fifteen Democrats co-sponsored the bill, which also has support from the ACLU and the National Center for Trans Equality.

[post_ads]As explained in Them, most full-body scanners require TSA agents to demarcate the body of the person being scanned as “male” or “female.” If the body of the person being scanned doesn’t fit into the built-in assumptions of either designation, they may be subjected to additional screening, physical pat-downs, further questioning, or other invasive measures.

Travelers can request they not be scanned, but this can subject them to a physical pat-down, prompting the same concerns of discriminatory treatment.

Further, travelers may be directed to additional screening if their gender presentation doesn’t match their specific state-approved ID, essentially leaving them at the mercy of what screening officers believe a man or woman looks like. As Them notes, even if travelers have a state-issued, gender-neutral or nonbinary ID, as issued in New York, Maine, and other places, TSA agents may not accept them.

A spokesperson for the TSA told Them via email that the agency “recognizes the concerns that some members of the transgender community may have with certain security screening procedures at the nation’s security checkpoints.”

“In 2018, maintaining high safety standards and screening all passengers with dignity cannot be mutually exclusive,” Rice told the site. “The transgender community deserves to be treated with fairness and respect in all aspects of life, and travel is no exception.”

COMMENTS



Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

Name

Travel,1375,
ltr
item
Travel - U.S. Daily News: New Bill Would Force TSA to Adopt 'Gender-Neutral' Screenings
New Bill Would Force TSA to Adopt 'Gender-Neutral' Screenings
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vz8eBiK9mTc/W2qAqiCvGHI/AAAAAAAA34w/hsnfMpfDmQ0B6Spke1zVrLtjBE64Fq5MQCLcBGAs/s1600/3.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vz8eBiK9mTc/W2qAqiCvGHI/AAAAAAAA34w/hsnfMpfDmQ0B6Spke1zVrLtjBE64Fq5MQCLcBGAs/s72-c/3.jpg
Travel - U.S. Daily News
https://travel.dailynews.us.com/2018/08/new-bill-would-force-tsa-to-adopt.html
https://travel.dailynews.us.com/
https://travel.dailynews.us.com/
https://travel.dailynews.us.com/2018/08/new-bill-would-force-tsa-to-adopt.html
true
3050905787730048509
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy