TSA Changes Policy To Accommodate Gay Couples

Cesar Zapata and Hunter Carter

The security theater organization that is the TSA has made some changes to their screening processes and will now recognize same-sex couples and screen them together in the same way that opposite-sex couples are, the Washington Blade reports.

The change was prompted by a recent trio of incidents involving American Airlines personnel separating partners during security screenings and check-ins at the airport, most recently César Zapata and Hunter Carter, pictured above, as they attempted to fly out of Medellin in Colombia.

An American Airlines representative said of one of the incidents that the employee “followed existing security screening rules mandated by the [TSA]." Tomás Georgi, one of the victims in a different incident, said American Airlines Director of Customer Relations Tim Rhodes “dismissed my complaints as the fault of TSA and took no responsibility.” TSA has now taken that excuse away from any airline with their new screening procedures. Of course all of these problems would be avoided altogether if the TSA were abolished given that it serves no functional purpose in terms of enhancing security, but until that day gay couples will be entitled to equal indignities as those of their heterosexual counterparts.


  1. Mark says

    The stories online about the TSA are driving tourists away from the USA, as it’s not just all foreigners being treated as if they were terrorists, it’s your own citizens. Crazy!

  2. says

    I spent a year working for the TSA. If you knew exactly some of the insanely dangerous items (it’s not about your water bottle) are prevented from being taken on planes on a daily basis you wouldn’t be so quick to say that the TSA “serves no functional purpose”

    The system is not perfect, but I’m grateful that they are protecting us.

  3. Anthony says

    For heterosexual folks, they do same gender screenings to eliminate any seeming impropriety with a dude being alone with or frisk ing a female passenger. Given that logic, shouldn’t a gay woman be on conducting screening for gay men?

  4. JJ says

    @Griff, anonymous reports of unspecified dangers are indistinguishable from idle threats, not to mention utterly unconvincing. Even if people carry potentially dangerous items on planes, they are only _actually_ dangerous in the hands of people intent on committing suicide by plane. Such people are vanishingly rare. The speculative harm the TSA strives to prevent is negligible compared to the actual harm it does on a daily basis by groping, invading, and violating the very people it aims to protect as a precondition of their exercise of their right to travel.

  5. JanusMetri says

    What is with all the editorializing? Good story with a gay angle no one here will disagree with punctuated by the writer’s personal opinions inserted throughout. Have you ever thought what the alternative to the TSA doing the screenings would be? Armed police? Local officials? cause they will be sympathetic to gay issues and be more sensitive and less abusive, right? Oh, contractors? Those who bid the lowest price and pay bad benefits and low salaries? This won’t help accuracy. And given all the dangerous things…from grenades, to machetes, and handguns the TSA siezed just last year in routine screenings…

  6. JD says

    “Of course all of these problems would be avoided altogether if the TSA were abolished given that it serves no functional purpose in terms of enhancing security…”

    Demonstrating your ignorance about the true function of the TSA. These hard-working men and women keep our airlines safe every day.