New Security Measures May Complicate Transgender Travel – The Sexist – Washington City Paper

As of Aug. 15, flight safety regulations require airlines to secure the middle initial, date of birth, and gender of every passenger on a domestic flight. The regulations, courtesy of the Transportation Security Administration’s new “Secure Flight” initiative, seek to “reduce the number of times passengers are misidentified as possible terrorists.” The initiative may also make air travel more difficult for transgender passengers.

Since a transgender person’s gender identity is often at odds with the one marked on their official IDs—and the gender transition process itself can require extensive domestic travel—checking “male” or “female” in the airport can be a complicated procedure.