Trans* People Could Face Flight Ban

NDP MPs have drafted a motion to rescind a recently added section to Transport Canada’s Identity Screening Regulations which states: “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” out of concern that it allows for discrimination against trans* people.

While conservatives (literally!) snickered at the concerns, binarist regulations which fail to differentiate sex and gender leave pre- and non-op trans people, as well as non-binary people open to discrimination in Canadian airlines. The federal government requires trans people to undergo sex reassignment surgery or provide a letter ensuring they will have the procedure within a year in order to change the sex on their passports.

“I oppose the idea that I would need to carry a special letter from my doctor proving I have the same access as everyone else has,” says Trans Lobby Group chair Susan Gapka. “I think that is differential treatment. This is a violation of basic human rights. It’s wrong to treat people differently.”