Tips for Air Traveling if You are Transgender

I’ve heard a lot of transgender and nonbinary folks say they are terrified to travel by plane for fear of what might happen when going through security. I decided to look into this and it turns out it isn’t as hard as you might have thought!

I recorded this video with the tips I discovered from the airport in Atlanta while on a recent trip . Enjoy!

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  • Janet

    April 9, 2015 at 8:34 AM Reply

    I also recently flew through Atlanta Hartsfield (ATL) to O’Hare (ORD), and back. I didn’t have any difficulty at either airport. I was presenting full femme, with ID that didn’t agree with my presentation. I didn’t even get a side glance. Both times, due possibly to my wheelchair use, I was directed to the full body scanner. Given the cold weather in Chicago at the time, I was wearing leggings under my skirt. I had to have a pat down of my lower legs, both times, possibly because of how the leggings appeared on the scanner. That was administered by a female agent, without any need for me to specifically request such.

    My traveling companion, also a trans woman, likewise had no issues of any sort at either security checkpoint. Clearly, TSA has done a very good job training the agents about #girlslikeus. I assume that a trans male would be treated equally respectfully, but that is an assumption. Kudos to TSA for their greatly improved handling of trans people.

  • […] case you might be facing that same concern in the near future, Dara Hoffman-Fox has shared a vlog on the topic with some good hints. I only saw her post after my trip, but I think it would have gone a long […]

  • Sherrie

    December 28, 2015 at 3:24 PM Reply

    I am male to female, but have not had my name or gender marker changed on my drivers license yet. In late July I flew from Reno, Nevada to Islip, NY, with 2 of my grown children, and my daughters husband. I had not problems with TSA or anyone on the airline. I also had no problems at Denver where we had a 2 hour layover. The agent at Enterprise car rental at the airport in Islip was very polite as well, and even offered us a free upgrade to an SUV when he noticed all the luggage we had.

  • Kenzi Connor

    December 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM Reply

    Thanks for doing this! Any chance of getting either a transcript or a highlight of the points?

    • Dara Hoffman-Fox

      December 30, 2015 at 9:29 AM Reply

      At the moment I’m unable to afford a transcriber 🙁

  • Jessica Alexander

    December 30, 2015 at 12:36 AM Reply

    TSA pre check is what you want to make things go smoothly.
    Also, as of December 2015, you can no longer opt out of the body scanner.

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