TSA to stop calling trans travelers’ body parts ‘anomalies’
New protocols for Transportation Security Administration screenings of transgender travelers will include discontinuing the use of the term “anomaly” to describe their anatomies.
Agents had previously used the word to describe any discrepancies that appeared when transgender individuals were scanned by airport x-ray machines, according to The Advocate.
The body scanners currently used in American airports require agents to determine whether a person is a man or woman, and if a body scanner finds a discrepancy with an agent’s assessment of gender — indicated by a yellow block on the scan once called an anomaly — the passenger may be detained for further screenings. Read more…