Just wait. It’s worse than it sounds.
TSA announces measures to implement gender-neutral screening at its checkpoints
WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced new standards for screening transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming airline passengers at TSA checkpoints to improve the screening experience for all passengers.
You might be wondering in what universe it makes sense to restructure the groping screening of hundreds of millions of passengers based upon the O.7% of the population mentally ill enough to identify as transgender.
“On this internationally recognized day for the transgender community, TSA is proud to announce significant initiatives as a direct result of close partnership with community stakeholders,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
Huh. Judging by mainstream media, I pretty much thought that every day ending in “y” was transgender awareness day.
Apparently a big part of this new “gender-neutral” screening will be more invasive scanners. Presumably to reduce the need to hands-on pat downs. Rumor has it that disgruntled professional fondlers are considering going out on strike over the reduce groping. (I made up that last part. I hope.)
Implementing enhanced screening technology: TSA identified an opportunity to improve the Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units in airport checkpoints and is working with the manufacturer on an algorithm update that increases accuracy and efficiency.
And why will they do this?
By replacing the current, gender-based AIT system, this new, more accurate technology will also advance civil rights…
Oh, yeah! More invasive, warrantless body searches* to improve civil rights.
That isn’t even the worst part. Here we go.
…and improve the customer experience of travelers who previously have been required to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas
On the one… hand, sexually-confused-and-frustrated passengers who looked forward to groin groping miss the current experience. On the other hand, all Achmed Terrorist has to do now is tuck his bomb, gun, or boxcutter inot his nether regions; declare “his” transgender status; and proceed to the aircraft without further searching. That should improve airline security.
Or not. After a couple of decades of TSA sexual predators getting their jollies at the public’s expense, exactly how many terrorists have been caught and charged as a result of TSA airport screening?
* Does anyone else remember when the Supreme Court ruled that passive thermal imaging of a home constituted a search requiring a warrant? And wonder why active imaging of people doesn’t?