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American Airlines Now Offers Non-Binary Options For Passengers

By Parker Diakite

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American Airlines recently announced it would offer passengers non-binary gender options when booking a flight, making the company the second U.S. carrier to do so.

The airline recently completed a system update to allow the change, which now carries four options for gender: M, F, U or X, an American Airlines spokesperson told ABC News.

“Taking care of our customers and team members is what we do, and we are glad to be able to better accommodate the gender preferences of our travelers and team members,” the spokesperson said.

United Airlines announced in March that it would offer non-binary gender booking options after the Airlines for America (A4S) and members of the International Air Transport Association approved a new measure to account for non-binary identification, as reported in ABC News.

American Airlines said passengers should note that gender used during booking should match the ID that will be used at the TSA checkpoint.

Passengers can update their gender through the airline’s reservation team, and the options will be rolled out online in early 2020.

Southwest and Delta Airlines are expected to allow similar options.

TSA began requiring passengers to enter their gender and date of birth back during the booking process back in 2009, as a result of 9/11.    

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