The ‘TSA Cares’ About Screening Transgenders

Eric Scheiner | April 21, 2017
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Following the controversy of the TSA pat-down of a special needs boy and the release of a video from a CNN commentator receiving a vaginal pat-down, a "TSA Cares" video has been released discussing "comfort and awareness" for screening transgenders.

The agency released the first “TSA Cares” video Thursday about how agents screen transgender people who go through airport security checkpoints.

"TSA recognizes members of the transgender community may have concerns with certain security screening procedures when flying. For your comfort and awareness here’s what you can expect next time you go through security,” the video says.



When a transgender enters the advanced imaging technology, "the TSA officer will press a button designating a gender based on how you present yourself, male or female," according to the video.

"If during the screening process there's an alarm on a prosthesis in a sensitive area, we will work with you to resolve the alarm in the best way possible.

“You will not be asked to reveal a sensitive area. For your comfort and discretion know that at any time during the screening process you may request to speak to a supervisor or request private screenings."

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