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American taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick this time regarding the Biden Administration’s annual budget. While some spending is understandable, bureaucrats aren’t well known for their frugality. 

Taxpayers are taking the hit when it comes to the new TSA budget. $18.6 million is now being dished out to the Transportation Security Administration to update security equipment to be “more inclusive,” according to Real Clear Politics. 

“When travelers’ assumed genders don’t match what the imaging technology identifies them as, they are subject to additional screenings and sometimes pat downs,” Adam Andrzejewski from Real Clear Politics explains. 

Nobody likes going through airport security, and being hassled from time to time by TSA is a given for those who travel frequently. However, spending $18.6 million to update equipment for a small minority of individuals within the United States should raise concerns. 

TSA has been vocal in its support of the Transgender community, even putting on their official government website, “TSA recognizes the concerns that some members of the transgender/non binary/gender nonconforming traveling public have with screening technology and certain security screening procedures at the nation’s security checkpoints.” 


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“TSA is committed to ensuring all travelers are treated with respect and dignity,” the agency continued. “Screening is conducted without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability.” 

According to research conducted by UCLA, 1.6 million Americans identify as transgender. While this is a lot of people, and the number seems to be growing, there are over 300 million people that live in the country, making these “updates” beneficial to a tiny minority of Americans. 

“By replacing the current, gender-based AIT system, this new, more accurate technology will also advance civil rights and improve the customer experience of travelers who previously have been required to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas,” TSA explains.

The Transportation Security Administration reportedly receives around 26,000 complaints regarding the screening process annually, according to Just the News. Approximately six percent of these complaints come from members of the LGBTQ+ community. That’s roughly 1500 calls per year. In other words, taxpayers are on the hook for paying for new technology that only affects this small minority of people yearly. 

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