TSA: Protect My Right to Privacy
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often face heightened airport security because of the Transportation Security Administration's invasive use of whole body scanners and "enhanced" pat-downs. And right now, LGBT people have an opportunity to weigh in on these security procedures to protect passengers' privacy and dignity.
The TSA is proposing to maintain their screening methods that have greatly expanded since 2008. These procedures can be invasive of everyone's privacy and are of particular concern to transgender people because of their potential to "out" people in unsafe ways, potentially leading to harassment and discrimination.
Submit the letter below to the TSA to urge them to consider the impact of body scanners and pat-downs on passenger privacy.
If enough of us flood the TSA with messages urging them to refine their screening methods, then we can stop the unnecessary outing of LGBT travelers.
The deadline to submit your message is Monday, July 24, 2013. Complete the form below to submit your message to the TSA. Consider sharing your own story of harassment or discrimination at airport security in the letter.