On Friday, I pulled out ID to show airline staff with my boarding pass for a flight to Toronto. I was informed that my ID was no good, even though it had my picture, and was signed by the Commissioner of the RCMP. It didn’t have on it my sex. Those that know me can assure that there is absolutely nothing feminine looking about me.
Pulling out other ID, I asked, “Will you be checking my genitalia?” She replied, “‘Of course not.” I asked her, “If that is true, what does it matter if I have on ID whether I am male or female? Will it make a difference as to whether I can get on a plane or not?” She replied, “Not really.” Feeling like she needed to justify this rule, she added, “Someone could be a transvestite.” Now this was getting real good, so I said, “Would that make a difference if they could get on the plane?” Her answer was, “No”. So, I inquired: “If they are halfway through the procedure to change from male to female, what would they put on their ID?” Giving up, she replied, “I don’t know. I don’t make these rules up. It’s a Transport Canada rule.”
I thanked her for letting me have fun with this, and those in the line behind me also enjoyed the exchange. But think about this for a minute: Here is another example of someone sitting a desk coming up with an idea; in this case a rule that has no application. Next time you are writing policy that you expect others to enact, think how it will be applied.