Airlines to offer more gender options for passengers in the near future

Marco Green
February 19, 2019

U.S. airline travelers will soon be able to choose gender options other than "male" or 'female, ' multiple major airlines recently announced.

United Continental Holdings, which owns United Airlines, said that it will allow alternative gender options that include "U" for "undisclosed" and "X" for "unspecified", the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. There could also be the optional title of "Mx".

The airlines said that they were making the changes to be more inclusive to a diverse range of customers.

The National Center for Transgender Equality called the move "a huge step forward for non-binary representation".

The Transportation Security Administration in the United States says passengers should use the name, gender and birth date on their government-issued ID.

Bailey said he was not aware of any instances where a non-binary flight passenger was kept off a plane or train, but he said anxiety about being stopped has increased their stress regarding travel.

Many U.S. airlines say they're in the process of updating their booking systems in order to allow for non-binary customers to use pronouns other than "male" or "female".

CNBC is reporting that Airlines for America, an industry group that represents some of the largest US carriers, including American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Alaska Airlines, and the International Air Transport Association, which represents most of the world's airlines, recently approved standards for nonbinary passenger identification.

'We certainly have a very diverse customer base. "This will be well-received, and we're happy to do it", American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said.

Southwest Airlines is also considering adding the option.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade group, made the announcement that A4A and International Air Transport Association members recently approved a new international standard for non-binary passengers effective June 1. In 2017, Washington, D.C. issued the nation's first gender-neutral driver's licenses.

The move has been praised by advocacy groups for transgender people.

Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association say the change will let airlines comply with requirements under US and foreign laws that passenger information must match what is on the person's form of ID used for travel.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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