TSA PreCheck Expands Gender Identification Options

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced yesterday the implementation of a new TSA PreCheck® program application to include an additional gender marker option to better serve non-binary and gender non-conforming Americans. 

This action will ensure the TSA PreCheck system accurately reflects traveler gender based on self-attestation, regardless of the sex assigned at birth.

This new gender marker option will not impact the security screening process. Security screening is conducted without discrimination against travelers based on their race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability.

“TSA remains committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and dignity,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske in a press release issued on July 14, 2022. 

“This new TSA PreCheck enrollment feature reaffirms our commitment to equality and inclusion for all people, including the LGBTQI+ community.”

If you are a TSA PreCheck Application Program member, you may call (855) 347-8371 to request a gender data update. Updating a traveler’s gender on other identification documents is not required to enroll in TSA PreCheck screening. 

TSA PreCheck is currently available at more than 200 airports with 83 participating airlines in the USA.

Travelers will receive TSA PreCheck security screening even if their current gender differs from the gender provided when they enrolled in TSA PreCheck, as long as the name, known traveler number, and date of birth on their reservation matches their record with TSA.

Furthermore, prior to a flight, travelers may contact the TSA Cares helpline at (855) 787-2227 with questions about screening policies and procedures, as well as what to expect as they proceed through the security checkpoint. 

Travelers may request the assistance of a Passenger Support Specialist, who will provide assistance through the security screening process and visit tsa.gov/transgender-passengers for more information.

In June 2022, 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than 5 minutes in airport security. And, children 12 and under can join a parent/guardian in the dedicated lanes.

Moreover, TSA has screened an average of 2.27 million people per day since June 1, 2022, which is a 16% increase over last year’s volumes.

But airport activity is down about 11% from pre-pandemic 2019 levels when TSA screened approximately 2.56 million people daily.

Passenger screening at the airport is part of TSA’s layered approach to security to get you safely to your destination. TSA’s screening procedures are intended to prevent prohibited items and other threats to transportation security from entering the airport's sterile area and are developed in response to information on threats to transportation security.

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