US airlines, IATA to recognise non-binary passengers

More gender options could translate to smoother travels for non binary people

US airline passengers who don’t identify as “male” or “female” will soon have more gender options to choose from, including “unspecified” and “undisclosed”, when booking tickets, CNN reported.

Airlines for America (A4A) announced that A4A and IATA members recently approved a new international standard for non-binary passengers effective June 1.

More gender options could translate to smoother travels for non binary people

Major airlines such as American Airlines and Delta (nor part of A4A) are making the additions to be more inclusive for diverse passengers.

A spokesperson of a transgender equality advocacy group told CNN that the new standard is an important step, with non-binary people facing invasive and discriminatory scrutiny by airlines, airports and security services.

These additions come as many states add more gender options on identification cards and birth certificates.

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