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British Airways to introduce non-binary gender option for passengers when booking a flight

The airline announced the news after mulitple major US airlines agreed to introduce the inclusive term

2019-02-22

British Airways will be introducing a non-binary option for passengers when they book a flight.

The airline is following multiple major US airlines – including Delta, JetBlue, United and American Airlines as well as Air New Zealand – in introducing the more inclusive booking for passengers who do not identify as either male or female.

A spokesman for British Airways said: “We know how important it is for all of our customers to feel comfortable and welcome no matter how they self-identify.

“We are working to change our booking platform to reflect this.”

The move from BA and other airlines has been welcomed by LGBTQ+ activists and allies.

Julie Ehrt, of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), told Reuters: “It’s a big move.

“Persons presenting as gender non-conforming or trans persons who might not have been able to change their name or gender markers in passports regularly have serious challenges in travelling.

“That can range from being challenged about your gender marker or first name upon check-in or at security, through to outright denial of being able to board a plane.”