And last I knew there’s actually a whole issue with what “people shaped” means
Trans and other individuals can fall outside of what’s “supposed to be there”
I’d heard that computers where flagging characteristics based on 2 gender stereotypes
Hypothetically an individual appearing to be female steps into the scanner, so the person behind the screen sees an individual with breasts and a mass between their legs
Do they ignore it? Because boom… now we can just smuggle stuff between our legs… said no criminal ever
Do they pat down / give all trans individuals extra scrutiny? Because that’s not cool
Do they request people who are trans disclose or out themselves to tsa? That’s not cool
Been a bit, maybe they’ve updated computers since or given screeners guidance
But it’s a hurdle, that I do understand is not a super simple one to tackle
official blurb from tsa.gov
The AIT Screening Process:
Currently, TSA’s AIT units utilize software that relies on gender-specific algorithms and a generic physical outline of the human body that is identical for all passengers. When you enter the imaging portal, the TSA officer will press a button designating your gender as male or female based on the TSA officer’s assessment of how you present. The equipment then conducts a scan and indicates areas on the body warranting further screening, if necessary.
If there is an alarm, a TSA officer may show you, on a screen, where the alarm is present. Additional screening, including a pat-down procedure, may be conducted to determine whether a prohibited item is present.
AIT Technology Enhancements and Updated Screening Procedures:
TSA identified an opportunity to enhance our existing AIT security effectiveness capabilities and simultaneously implement a gender-neutral algorithm. In coordination with the system manufacturer, TSA is in the process of testing this new algorithm. This change will benefit all travelers, including transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-nonconforming travelers who previously have been required to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas. Upon completion of successful testing, TSA anticipates initiating deployment of the technology enhancement to airports later this year.
Beginning in May 2022, TSA is also updating its screening procedures to better serve transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming travelers through less invasive screening procedures for passengers who trigger the AIT scanner in a sensitive area. This change will reduce the number of pat downs for TSOs and the travelling public without compromising security, and will be in effect until the gender-neutral AIT screening technology is deployed.
You may ask for a supervisor at any point during the AIT screening process.