New Canada Air Regulations May Exclude Transgender Travelers

Author: , February 4th, 2012

Air Canada and Transgender TravelersA number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates and media outlets are expressing concern over recent Canadian air travel regulations which they feel exclude transgender passengers from flights.

Among the first to draw attention to the regulation was blogger Christin Scarlett Milloy, who points to one specific passage which states that “an air carrier shall not transport a passenger if…the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents.”

As Milloy mentioned, “It is important to note that these regulations are not actually a piece of legislation, which would have had to pass through readings and votes in the House and Senate (which is probably why it went unnoticed until now). Rather, the Identity Screening Regulations are a set of rules implemented unilaterally by the Ministry of Transportation, as part of Canada’s so-called Passenger Protect, which is essentially the Canadian Federal Government’s equivalent to the U.S.’s ‘no-fly’ list.”

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