TSA spends $18.6 million on ‘non-binary screening systems’

The following is an excerpt from Just The News.

The Transportation Security Administration spent $18.6 million in funding on “non-binary screening systems,” which are set to be rolled out in January. 

Currently, TSA screeners decide whether a traveler is male or female and press a button for the body scanner corresponding with their appearance as the system scans males and females differently.

And people who say their gender was improperly assumed may ask for a re-screening before a physical pat-down, and TSA rules mandate for travelers to be patted down by officers of the same gender that they appear.

Using funding from last fiscal year’s Omnibus Appropriations fund, the money went toward working with the manufacturer of Advanced Imaging Technology to update the algorithm for “increased accuracy and efficiency,” Fox News reported Thursday.

The technology update is scheduled to be available by January.

Of the more than 26,500 annual TSA screening complaints, about 6% are from those who are members of the LGBT community, which is roughly consistent with the percentage of people who identify as LGBT.

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5 thoughts on “TSA spends $18.6 million on ‘non-binary screening systems’”

  1. How is the screening different for guys and gals?
    It’s just sad that there is a need for such an expensive new toy.
    Does it also check for baggage theft?

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