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 News for those who fly en femme; UPDATED 9/23/09!!

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PostSubject: News for those who fly en femme; UPDATED 9/23/09!!   Sat May 16, 2009 7:51 pm

Here is the latest info on TSA identification requirements. Note that starting Aug. 15 gender must be specified when making an airline reservation. I can see the possibility for problems, especially in some parts of the country, when the legal name and gender in the reservation don't match the physicqal presentation. One option is to have a government-issued ID with your legal name and gender, but with a girl-mode pic. Another is to travel in andro-mode so your presentation, although en femme or gender-bent, is discernable as the same person in the ID. In most cases, it shouldn't be a problem as long as the ID matches the reservation. Most airline personnel and TSA screeners don't care how you are dressed as long as they can make a positive correlation between the you, your reservation and your ID.

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Beginning May 15, when making reservations, airline passengers will be asked to provide their full name, as depicted on the government-issued identification they will carry while traveling. As stated in a recent TSA press release (issued May 13, 2009): This development is the first publicly-noticeable step in implementing the multi-phase Secure Flight program that shifts predeparture watch-list-matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to TSA.
In the second phase of Secure Flight implementation beginning August 15, 2009, passengers will be required to supply their date of birth and gender when booking airline flights. These additional measures are expected to reduce misidentification of passengers who have names similar to individuals on government watch lists and better identify those persons who may pose a known or suspected threat to aviation.

TSA intends to employ Secure Flight protocols in vetting 100 percent of all domestic passengers on commercial flights by early 2010 and 100 percent of all international commercial passengers by the end of 2010.
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PostSubject: Re: News for those who fly en femme; UPDATED 9/23/09!!   Thu May 21, 2009 6:21 am

Thanx Kay! After having just gone through my first time flying en femme (it was a breeze, btw!!), so I'm dying to do it again! It's good to have a heads up on what is going on! My friend Wendi, sent me a couple of really good links from another web group she is a part of, where they discuss the logistics of flying en femme. Give it a look-see...

http://www.crossdressers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94462

http://www.crossdressers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98644

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PostSubject: Re: News for those who fly en femme; UPDATED 9/23/09!!   Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:35 pm

The TSA requirements that Kay mentioned before have gone into effect! This release comes from the National Center for Transgendered Equality. I found it via Laura Gonzales at TGCD.net.

Washington, DC, August 17, 2009 -

The Transportation Security Administration rolled out a new phase of their Secure Flight program over the weekend. Passengers will now be required to provide their birth date and gender when they book an airline ticket as part of a move to help distinguish passengers from those on the government's "watch list" (often called the "no-fly" list).

The NCTE (National Center For Transgendered Equality) has issued a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Secure Flight program and its impact on transgender people. The resource includes information about how to navigate the new process, particularly if you have identification that does not match your gender presentation. NCTE firmly supports the right of transgender people to maintain our privacy and to travel freely.

The NCTE has been engaged in ongoing work with TSA and administration officials about the Secure Flight program. There appears to be no chance of having the requirement of listing gender lifted; however, we will continue to work on how the policy is implemented in order to minimize the negative impacts. We are also monitoring the impact on transgender travelers.

If you encounter difficulties when you travel, please contact us as 202-903-0112 and let us know. We may be able to provide you with assistance and the information can also help us as we work with TSA to help prevent future problems. You can read more information in the New York Times article here!


Here is the link once more to the NCTE's Frequently Asked Questions.

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PostSubject: Re: News for those who fly en femme; UPDATED 9/23/09!!   Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:23 pm

Here is a great article by Calpernia Addams about travel concerns for Transgendered people...

http://www.calpernia.com/travel-concerns-for-transsexual-and-transgender-people/

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