Some U. S. airlines are adding a new gender option for their “non-binary” passengers.
Two big trade groups, Airlines for America (A4A) in the USA and the global International Air Transport Association (IATA) are the cause of the new option as they recently approved an international best-practices standard suggesting updates for travelers using “non-binary IDs”. It plans to develop an option for “unspecified” or “undisclosed” passengers when they book tickets. It will be added to the “male” or “female” gender drop down box.
“U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers, and we work hard each day to accommodate the needs of all travelers, while delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable flight experience,” A4A said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Although the suggested standard becomes effective as of June 1st, it’s ultimately up to the airlines on implementing it for booking platforms. Delta and American have already confirmed the option but there are no further details on exactly when it will be put in place.
“As part of Delta’s ongoing efforts to accommodate the needs of diverse customers throughout our business, we are planning to offer a non-binary gender option during the booking process,” the carrier said in a statement.
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