“Non-binary people face unnecessary, invasive, and discriminatory scrutiny by airlines, airports, and security services alike."
This summer you will be able to select something other than "male" or "female" on your airline ticket information.
Airlines for America (A4A), an air travel advocacy group with many partners, said that along with International Air Transport Association members, they have approved the standard for non-binary passengers which will begin June 1.
“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,” Airlines for America said in a statement.
The air travel industry is getting a lot of praise for their dedication to inclusivity.
Arli Christian spokesperson for The National Center for Transgender Equality said, “Non-binary people face unnecessary, invasive, and discriminatory scrutiny by airlines, airports, and security services alike. A4A’s work is in line with other states who offer gender neutral designations on IDs and is an important step toward ensuring safe and smooth travel for all passengers regardless of their gender.”
Even as some anti-LGBT small businesses refuse to serve the community based on their religious beliefs, major corporations are doing just the opposite.
Some states are even going so far as to allow more gender options on birth certificates and Identification cards without legal petitions.
It will be up to the individual airline to adopt the new policy; Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and United are all members of A4A.
The first of these carriers to implement the new standard may be American as they have confirmed with CNN that they are working on the change.
United is also on board and showed their support through a tweet: “In the coming weeks, customers will be able to select the gender with which they most closely identify during the booking process."
Although Delta Airlines is not part of A4A, they have said non-binary options will also be added to tickets.
“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,” Delta said in a statement.