Soon you will be able to choose from four gender options when ordering your airline tickets in the United States.
American, Alaska, Delta, Southwest and United Airlines have confirmed that they plan to offer four gender options when booking tickets:
- F – Female
- M – Male
- U – Not disclosed  X – Unspecified
This is a call from Airlines for America, the same lobby group that loves to attack Gulfcarriers.
United will probably be the first, hinting at a change coming in the weeks ahead with some specificity:
In the coming weeks, customers will be able to identify as M (ale), F (emale), U (not disclosed) ), or X (unspecified), which corresponds to what is indicated on the passport or ID. … Customers who do not identify with a gender have the ability to choose & # 39; Mx. & # 39; As a title. We are happy to share this next step as we continue to break down barriers to promoting inclusion.
At the same time, it may take a little longer for Southwest:
Although we do not have a time frame to share, Southwest is currently investigative solutions and the technical requirements needed to provide our customers with non-binary gender selection options during the ordering process.
Delta has also not outlined a specific timeframe:
As part of Delta's ongoing efforts to meet the needs of different customers Throughout our business, we plan to offer a non-binary gender during the booking process.
American Airlines told Chicago Tribune the reason for the change:
We probably have a very diverse customer base. This will be well received and we are happy to do so.
At least in theory, federal law requires the name of your ticket to match the name of your ID. As several US states allow non-binary opportunities on driver's licenses and other forms of state-authorized identification, it was just a matter of time before the airlines followed.