American Airlines Adding Non-Binary Gender Booking Options

By Anna Breuer on 19 December 2019
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American Airlines announced the addition of non-binary gender options that can be used when booking a flight with a reservations agent, although the option is not yet available on its websites.

Air travelers can specify “U” for “undisclosed” and “X” for “unspecified,” provided it corresponds with what is indicated on a passport or other identification used for the flight.

New standards for travelers with non-binary gender identification were adopted in February by two industry groups, Airlines for America, which represents the nation’s major airlines, and the International Air Transport Association.

“U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers,” said Airlines for America in a statement at the time.

United Airlines became in March the first airline to non-binary gender identification options on its website and in its app, and it also offers the honorific “Mx” as an alternative to “Mr.” or “Mrs.” during the booking process and when signing up for a frequent-flyer account.  American hasn’t yet indicated a timeline for providing these options on public-facing websites or apps.

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