One rule for all; I agree with Jetstar

This is getting ridiculous. I can identify as a parrot and get feather implants and bird-like tattoos and friends can call me Polly and feed me bird seed because they love and accept me. However, I cannot expect a business that requires proof of identity to look at my ID that says I am a female human being and say, “Yes Polly, your bird cage is waiting for you.”

The same applies if I identify as another sex and/or race. I can live that life and be accepted as that identity by those who accept me and love me but it doesn’t change my ID such as my passport or driving license. I may be dressed as a man for the photo but the sex will still have to say female because biologically that is what I still am, no matter what I mentally identify with or dress up as. Even if I have surgery and add extra bits, that doesn’t change my core biological reality.


My daughter is very accepting of people who are not mainstream and so am I. They are people like us who have the same rights and should be treated with respect. I have no problem with people who want to live a life that they mentally identify with. What I object to is them expecting us to change the rules for them. We all live by the same rules. If a biological man expects to be able to tick “female” on a plane ticket when his ID clearly states that he is a male he cannot expect the staff to not be concerned about his true identity. If he turns up without any ID he cannot expect to be let on either. If we give in to demands for this kind of thing to be accepted then the entire point of ID goes out the window. If we can claim to be any sex or race or age despite our real sex or race or age what is the point of IDs? If we expect to be let on a plane without ID simply because we are transgender what is next? What other rules must be broken to protect your feelings? When I have no ID they don’t let me on. My feelings would be hurt if a transgender person was given a free pass and I was not. One rule for all ladies and gentlemen. It is only fair.


Jetstar has apologised to a transgender woman after she was refused boarding, she says because check-in staff didn’t accept her identity.

Christchurch woman Darci-Lee Hume says she has “never felt so humiliated”. The airline says Hume’s gender was never an issue when they asked for identification and “regret any offence that was caused”.
…Hume’s friend had ticked “Miss” on the ticket as Hume identifies as a woman. Once they arrived at the airport Hume’s friend, who only had a bank card as ID, was able to check-in; however Hume, who did not have any ID, was not.

“When they came to me they said your details don’t match up.

“They were just like, `look, you’ve got five seconds to provide some ID, prove who you are or you’re not getting on this flight’.”

…”I talked to one of the managers who said, `your details don’t match up, it says Miss Darci, you are clearly not a Miss, Sir’.”

A Jetstar spokesman said the company’s procedures for domestic travel are in line with other airlines in New Zealand and Australia where all passengers must carry proof of identity that matches the information in their booking and on their boarding pass.

“Unfortunately we were unable to check in the customer for her flight when she came to our Christchurch airport counter as she could not provide any identification that matched the booking details or provide an itinerary.”

The spokesman said gender “never came into the equation”.

Hume said she felt “absolutely horrible”.

“When they did look at me it was like they gave me a look like I was trying to steal someone’s identity, it made me feel really sick . . . I knew there was going to be protocols but they did nothing to help.

“I have nothing else to believe but that it was just purely because I didn’t present as their idea of what a female is.”

Hume said her friend had lodged a formal complaint with Jetstar.

An airline spokesman said Jetstar had spoken to the person who made the booking, apologised for any distress Hume experienced, and refunded the fare as a “goodwill gesture”.


– Passport, driver’s licence, original or certified copy of a birth certificate or citizenship document, student ID or company issued ID. Other forms of ID may also be accepted at the discretion of the check-in staff.

* The first sentence in this story has been amended to clarify that it was Hume who said check-in staff did not accept her identity.

– Stuff


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