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Multiple U.S. airlines to add new options for non-binary passengers

Flyers in the U.S. will soon have more options for gender identification when booking travel.

These options include “undisclosed” and “unspecified,” for passengers who don’t identify as either “male” or “female,” according to industry group Airlines 4 America (or A4A).

“U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers,” Vaughn Jennings, Airline for America spokesperson, said in a statement. “We work hard each day to accommodate the needs of all travelers while delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable flight experience.”

These new industry and international standards were approved to take off June 1. A4A says rollout timelines are up to individual airlines.

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines are presently confirmed to update gender options, while it is expected other carriers domestically and internationally will follow suit.

These changes arrive as more places are modifying gender options to be more inclusive across birth certificates, health cards, and driver’s licences.

Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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