I would not have my concerns alleviated by this video if I happened to identify as non-binary.
The agency, which has come under fire for invasive screening procedures in the past, plans to post a series of informational videos focused on helping passengers with special needs.
TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and courtesy. Screening is conducted without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability. If passengers know what to expect at the checkpoint, the process tends to go smoothly.
Of course, in March the TSA announced a shift towards more aggressive pat-downs, which puts transgender people at increased risk of being demeaned and humiliated.
I think it’s important in whatever way possible to help transgender passengers have their dignity. Doing something affirming — like, ‘We’re going to make sure we recognize your gender. We’re going try not to misgender you. We’re going to use proper pronouns’ — I think those are all affirming things. But at the end of the day, having to go through what is a pretty invasive pat-down every single time I’ve flown . . . is incomprehensible and not something I’m content with.
--Hailey Melville, graduate student in journalism at Northwestern University
@TSA (@valor4us)-please review policies-stop humiliating #transgender community during screening. Genitals are NOT weapons. A pissed mom.
No matter what gender is listed on your travel documents, many folks like me may still have issues going through the invasive full-body scanner. This “universal pat-down” won’t make TSA agents any less confused about passengers' gender identity, only more aggressive with them. And the real truth within all of this is that present security measures, or especially these overhauls, are clearly not motivated by the general public’s safety.
Policing of transgender bodies is done only to discourage our existence in any and all public spaces. Four years of a conservative administration, or even a liberal one, won’t change the systemic nature of this problem. Not until our very presence is normalized—normalized to the TSA agent at security, the onlooking passengers, the airline employees at the desk and to our legislators—will transgender Americans be able to do something so simple many take for granted: fly in peace.
We are owed at least that.