Flying Pretty

One of my goals is to “fly pretty”,  a term that refers to going on a flight dressed.  I have no fear of doing it, but I have no travel plans on the horizon.  Flying pretty does take a lot of planning and really, there’s no going back once you get to the airport.

If you’re thinking about doing this, please watch this video by the TSA, and if you’ve ever flown pretty share your experiences in the comments.

Love, Hannah

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7 thoughts on “Flying Pretty

  1. Hiya Hannah-

    Interesting new format. Well, I know it’s not new, but I am pretty sure this is my first comment here as opposed to your previous site. Looks good here!

    Anywho…. I have flown pretty. It was about a year or two ago and I had a series of flights across the country and back. I began in Fresno CA, went to Vegas, then to Chicago O’hare, then into Pennsylvania, and lastly from New York back to CA. Even though I was scared _____less, I went for it and am so happy that I did. I did not experience a single problem flying out of or into any of the locations I visited. It was very refreshing actually.

    I think that part of what needs to be kept in mind if one is wanting to do this, you need to have a bit of a sense of humor. I mean you’re going to have to deal with the situation of you handing your male ID and plane ticket over to TSA while you are dressed as a woman. More than once somebody said “well, bless your heart.” I may be from Cali, but I know what that is code for! Regardless, they still allowed for me to go through. Oh and there was the one TSA agent who ran up to the full body screener and said quite loudly, “that blond is a dude!” Again, what did I care? I was asked to step up and be scanned. They scanned me. A female agent (every time) asked if they could pat down certain areas on me. I agreed. They patted. They said I could go through. Wow! Not that big of a deal. But I suppose that if one is the touchy type that they may have gotten offended. My wife and I were flying together. I observed how they treated her and they did not treat either of us differently. I don’t have an issue with their procedures and I have a sense of humor.

    Having a perma-smile plastered on my face helped ease the tension with myself and every single person I encountered. It was a lovely trip and now I am pondering the idea of international travel while dressing pretty. Hmmm…. Who knows, it could happen! I never thought the first flights would ever occur, but I am so happy that I pushed myself to face those fears. Such a happy memory.

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      1. It was no different than it is in any other daily situation of using my male ID and credit cards while dressed as a woman. I was way more nervous about it, but they handled it the same way. They looked at my papers/ID and at me, and back and forth several times and then signed off and allowed me to go through the checkpoint.

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  2. Hi Hannah and great post here. I fly in fem all the time now and used to all the thing that TSA does. They are very much trained on how to handle us and suposed to do it with respect. I have had inspectors look at my Id close and then at me and they sign the ticket and say have a nice day. Last week in Vegas the guy checking my Id said is this really you and then signed the ticket, kinda funnyThen on to the scanners. Every time I get pulled aside for my breast or hip forms and get the pat down and then move on. Never a problem. The TSA agent in the past post could have lost his job for saying that blond is a dude as that is not tolerable in there books. It is really fun flying in fem and now I have a hard time flying in male mode and quietly is boring. Only time traveling in fem is when getting on a cruise ship as they always want you to look like your ID or passport, so I grew out my hair so now they just make me pull it back and take my ships picture. Im going on a TSK cruise in a couple of weeks on a different cruise line so we will see how friendly they are during check in. Ok rambling now but definitive fly sometime and you will be hooked. Say Hi to Jenine W there as she got me on my feet years ago and I never looked back when she was here in colorado. RicciMarie

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  3. I too have flown and cruised pretty. My situation is a bit different in that I mostly live fem to the point that my DL is fem but my passport being older is male. The name on both is the same so I have found it easiest to just have both documents together which makes it clear who I am no matter how I appear. I have never had a problem with TSA and they have always been courteous whether at a smaller or larger airport. The only issue I have had when cruising was my ship ID was taken when I boarded en-femme. During the cruise my son requested that we spend half the time with me “as dad”. Getting off the ship in port no problem. Getting back on was a bit more of a problem in that my shipboard id photo no longer matched my appearance. They just re-took my photo and following that experience I just finished the cruise in male mode. I have found that accepting myself and being confident in who I am is really all it takes. I would definitely recommend that if people want to have an experience going out en-femme to really consider flying and/or cruising. Again my experiences have been that these employees are some of the kindest and most professional people you will come into contact with. Beside when cruising they always have at least one elegant dress night and who among us doesn’t have that absolutely beautiful gown or dress we are dying to wear but which is way to fancy for a day out shopping.

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  4. I did think of one other similar situation that may help other see encounters differently and that was with law enforcement. As I said my DL is femme. One time when driving home from an event with my son who had requested I go in male mode I was pulled over for a tail light that was out. I handed the officer my DL and he looked at it for a while. I asked if he had any questions about it. His answer was, “Nope the eyes match”. He handed it back, gave me the fix it ticket, and told me to have a nice night. So if you are traveling and the TSA agent, officer, or whomever seems to give your ID a bit more scrutiny remember that they are trained to recognize bone structure etc. and may just be confirming that the eyes in the photo really do match the ones you took so much time to make beautiful that morning.

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