New App for Reporting Discrimination to TSA: FlyRights

The Sikh Coalition launched a free mobile phone app that makes it easier to file complaints with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The new app – called FlyRights – allows anyone to file complaints in just a couple of minutes, as soon as they leave airport security. FlyRights makes the process very user-friendly by automatically populating things like your name, contact information and the airport you are in, and will automatically submit your complaint to the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security. You can also choose to have the complaint shared with the Sikh Coalition, which is working to track all kinds of TSA civil rights complaints. While developed in response to the difficulties Sikhs often face at the airports, FlyRights allows anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to file a complaint of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or disability.

NCTE commends the Sikh Coalition for developing this app and we encourage transgender travelers, and anyone who experiences disrespect or mistreatment because they are perceived as gender non-conforming, to use this app to file complaints with TSA/DHS. If you file a complaint, be sure to indicate that it concerns gender discrimination. And share this app with family and friends so everyone knows it’s available.

TSA recently put up a webpage with information for transgender travelers, and has begun to incorporate respect for transgender people into employee training – but there is still a ways to go, and some problems will continue as long as TSA relies on invasive screening procedures. NCTE plans to put out a new resource on airport security in the coming weeks.

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7 Responses to New App for Reporting Discrimination to TSA: FlyRights

  1. [...] UPDATE: Need to report harassment by a TSA agent? There’s even app for that. [...]

  2. femme says:

    hopefully people born with transsexualism, people with an intersex condition people who are transgrender will be able to afford devices that
    use apps other wise I guess they are S.O.L.

  3. Hi Femme,

    This app is just one way that technology is making it easier for trans people — and all people – to report instances of discrimination. However, traditional channels of reporting discrimination are still available.

    Read more here: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/civilrights/travelers.shtm

    and here: http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/tsa-posts-info-for-trans-travelers/

    Best,
    Vincent
    NCTE

  4. Just boarded a plane in bumfuck and am happy to hear about this. So much drama and the continued expectation of drama at the airports.

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