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TSA Goes Trans, Orders $18M Non-Binary ‘Pat Downs’

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spent $18.6 million to develop, test, and deploy “non-binary screening systems” in January.
  • Individuals who go through the AIT and feel that their gender has been incorrectly assumed can now ask for a re-screening before they are submitted to a physical pat-down if needed.
  • According to TSA data, there are more than 26,542 screening complaints a year, 6% of which come from members of the LGBTQ community who believe their gender has not been appropriately identified.
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