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TSA Security ‘Chat-Downs’ Could Disparately Impact Transgender People

The Transportation Security Authority is piloting “chat-downs,” short conversations with every traveler coming through Boston’s Logan Airport designed to detect “behaviors that are out of the norm.” The National Center for Transgender Equality is worried these mandatory interviews will disparately affect transgender people, who are unfairly depicted as being “deceptive,” and could result in harassment or unwarranted invasive screenings. A recent study of transgender people found that almost a third have experienced disrespect or discrimination in airports.

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