In a collaborative move to make flying easier for non-binary individuals, major US airlines will start allowing customers to purchase tickets under more than just the traditional female or male genders.
The proposal which has now been approved by Airlines for America (A4A) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now means that new optional gender identification standards to accommodate non-binary identified passengers can be introduced.
The progress means that customers who have gender-neutral identity documents of airlines who choose to adopt the policy will be able to select options other than male or female, such as “unspecified” and “undisclosed” when buying tickets.
Customers may also have the option to use the title of ‘Mx’ instead of Miss, Mr or Mrs.
“US 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 travellers while delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable flight experience,” said A4A in a statement about the policy change.
To date, airlines that have announced to adopt the changes include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue.