• TSA Adds Gender-Inclusive Option to PreCheck Applications

     
    POSTED July 18, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Photo courtesy of TSA

In a sign that the travel industry is moving toward embracing inclusivity, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is offering a new gender option on applications for its TSA PreCheck program. Applicants will now be able to select “another gender” in addition to “male” and “female” options. 

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

In announcing the new option, the agency noted that since April 2022, is has allowed applicants to select their gender based on self-attestation, regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth. The TSA has also put other measures in place to make travel more comfortable to transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming passengers. 

These efforts include reducing pat-down screenings and introducing Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) units that rely on gender-neutral, rather than gender-specific, algorithms. 

The State Department, too, is embracing gender inclusivity. Since April 11, 2022, U.S. citizens applying for a passport have been able to select an X as their gender marker. "When a person obtains identity documents that reflect their true identity, they live with greater dignity and respect," Jessica Stern, U.S. special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, told the Associated Press, adding that this third option brings passports in line with the “lived reality” that there is a wider spectrum of human sex characteristics beyond those reflected by “male” and “female” designations. 

If you’re looking for an elevated teambuilding activity for an intimate group of VIPs, you might want to consider a new offering from St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The luxury hotel group has just announced the launch of private champagne sabrage masterclasses at all its properties across North America.

 

There’s good news, as well as some cautionary findings, in the 2022 Midyear State of the Hotel Industry Report by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).  The report is based on data and forecasts from Oxford Economics, AHLA Platinum Partners 

 

In the wake of the worst of COVID, it’s all hands on deck time for hotels and meeting venues to rebuild business and create effective ways of reaching customers.