Elizabeth Warren: ‘Trans and Non-Binary People Shouldn’t Have to Face Invasive…Screening to Travel’

By Staff | August 28, 2019 | 4:55pm EDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at Boston Logan International Airport, Jan. 21, 2019. (Getty Images/Scott Eisen)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) sent out a Tweet on Tuesday that linked to an investigative report by ProPublica about the screenings some transgender people are subjected to by the TSA when they attempt to board flights.

“Trans and non-binary people shouldn’t have to face invasive and dehumanizing screenings to travel,” Warren said in her Tweet.

“We must do better—and I’ll keep working to ensure that every trans and non-binary American is able to live without fear or discrimination,” said Warren.

The ProPublica story that Warren linked to carried the headline, “When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side.”

The ProPublica story started:

“On Sept. 15, 2017, Olivia stepped into a full-body scanner at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

“When she stepped out, a female Transportation Security Administration officer approached. On the scanner’s screen was an outline of a human body with the groin highlighted. The officer told Olivia that because of something the scanner had detected, a pat-down would be necessary.

“As a transgender woman, Olivia, 36, had faced additional TSA scrutiny before. On those occasions, a manual search at the checkpoint had been enough to assure TSA officers that there wasn’t a weapon or explosive hidden in her undergarments.”

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