Non-binary travelers will shortly have a wider array of options available to them during the airline ticket booking process. The changes – which may come into force as early as June 1st – come as A4A and IATA give their approval to new standards concerning non-binary identification among travelers.
ABC News reports that non-binary travelers will shortly have a wider array of options available to them during the airline ticket booking process.
What this now means, reports the outlet, is that, “Passengers flying with airline giants such as United, American and Southwest have announced that they will be making changes to their online booking process to reflect the standard.”
In a statement, United said, “As part of our commitment to inclusion, we want to ensure all of our customers feel comfortable and welcome no matter how they self-identify, which is why we will begin offering our customers the ability to select the gender with which they most closely identify during the booking process.”
Offering his comments on the subject, Vaughan Jennings, A4A’s vice president, communications, said, “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.”
Arli Christian, state policy director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, offered their comments to the outlet, stating, “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.”
The outlet reports that these new standards could be in use as early as June 1st.
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