Airlines to add gender options for nonbinary passengers

Airlines in the United States are set to add additional gender options for passengers who identify as nonbinary.

The passengers who don’t identify as “male” or “female” will be able to instead choose “unspecified” or “undisclosed.”


CNN reported Monday that the industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) announced the new gender options that will go into effect June 1.

Most major airlines are a part of A4A, and the new international standard was approved by International Air Transport Association members as well.

"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," Airlines for America said in a statement to CNN.

A4A said the implementation of the new gender options is up to each individual airline, but it will be the industry standard as of June 1.

Airlines that are members of A4A include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and United.

Delta Air Lines is not part of the group, but told CNN it would be adding nonbinary gender options for its passengers.

"As part of Delta's ongoing efforts to accommodate the needs of diverse customers throughout our business, we are planning to offer a non-binary gender option during the booking process," Delta said in a statement.

Airlines are now following the lead of many states and cities that are adding gender options for individuals who don’t identify as male or female.