• 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. 

We’re well past the halfway mark when it comes to business travel returning to pre-pandemic levels and the recovery will continue to gain strength in 2023. Those are the findings from a recent survey by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), a leading organization serving the business travel industry. 

 

The numbers are in for the 11th edition of IMEX America held Oct. 10-13 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. While last year’s show was a reunion of sorts for the meetings and events industry, this year it was a business-fueled gathering. 

About 12,000 people participated in IMEX America, including over 4,000 buyers. The 2022 show was 45% bigger than last year, due to an easing of travel restrictions along with 40% of returning exhibitors signing up for more booth space. 

 

Cambria Hotels—an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International Inc.—introduced the Cambria Hotels Threads Collection, a new product offering that further elevates the brand’s commitment to creating a sense of place in each Cambria hotel. Leveraging the creativity of community artists from across the country, the first edition of the Threads Collection features three exclusively designed pairs of socks inspired by the surroundings of Cambria hotels in New England, South Carolina, and Arizona.