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TSA PreCheck gets a gender-neutral option

July 18 2022
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TSA PreCheck gets a gender-neutral option
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

TSA PreCheck has become more gender-inclusive.

The Transportation Security Administration announced its popular trusted traveler program now allows travelers to select an “X” gender marker, providing an option for the first time for travelers who don’t identify as either male or female.

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The announcement completes a technology upgrade that was first announced in April.

TSA PreCheck members who would like to use the "X" gender marker can call the TSA's contact center at 855-347-8371 on weekdays, between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. EDT. The TSA does not require any supporting documentation to make the change.

“TSA remains committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and dignity,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in a statement. “This new TSA PreCheck enrollment feature reaffirms our commitment to equality and inclusion for all people, including the LGBTQI+ community.”

Earlier this month, Airlines for America, the airline industry's lobbying group, said that all its members would update computer systems by 2024 to allow travelers to use the "X" gender marker when purchasing tickets. United Airlines and American Airlines both currently allow travelers to select the “X” marker or the “U” (for undisclosed) marker.

Related: American joins United in adding nonbinary gender booking option

Earlier in April, the TSA noted some other enhancements for the transgender community.

The agency is updating its Advanced Imaging Technology units — the large, walk-in scanners seen at checkpoints — to no longer rely on a gender-based screening system. It also promises less-invasive pat-downs in sensitive areas for travelers who do trigger the AIT machines.

“Over the coming months, TSA will move swiftly to implement more secure and efficient screening processes that are gender-neutral, as well as technological updates that will enhance security and make TSA PreCheck enrollment more inclusive,” Pekoske said in an earlier statement. “These combined efforts will greatly enhance airport security and screening procedures for all.”

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