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Security screening at US airports will become more gender-neutral

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security procedures at U.S. airports will become more gender-neutral, with changes to the scanners used for screening and the use of an “X” for travelers going through precheck who do not identify themselves. not as a man or a woman, the Biden administration said Thursday. .

Transportation Security Administration officers will also receive new screening instructions intended to make procedures less invasive, the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

They are part of a series of travel safety measures announced by the department as part of Transgender Awareness Day. President Joe Biden is marking the day by arguing against what his administration calls “dangerous anti-transgender legislative attacks” that have unfolded in state homes across the country.

“DHS is committed to protecting the traveling public while ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender identity, is treated with respect,” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement.

The Transportation Security Administration said it would update the PreCheck program to include an “X” gender marker option on its application, but the agency did not provide a date. A new “X” gender marker on U.S. passport applications begins April 11.

Later this year, the TSA will begin using scanners with new technology that will replace gender-based systems and aims to “advance civil rights and improve the customer experience.”

The TSA will work with airlines to promote acceptance of the “X” gender marker and will also update guidelines for airport security screening officers to remove gender considerations when validating documents, a said the DHS.

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