Airport encounter

640px-Melbourne_Airport_Domestic_Terminal3In The Age there’s a report of a Transgender individual being forced to present their packer for inspection by security.

Nicole Hasham writes:

A transgender airline passenger was forced to remove a genital prosthetic and present it for inspection in a “demeaning” encounter that adds to calls for an overhaul of unnecessary security at Australian airports.

The news comes as part of an inquiry into airport security which one Captain commented:

many aviation security regulations “tend towards the wasteful and pointlessly obstructive” and distract security staff from identifying genuine threats.

But the LGBTI health alliance spoke of “pervasive” discrimination against LGBTI people at airports while going through security checks. The passenger requested security personnel be trained to better handle LGBTI issues and have sensitivity toward these people.

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