Fri, 31 May 2019

Travelport to Offer Airlines New Booking Code for Non-Binary Gender Passengers

Travelport has confirmed that it will implement a new booking code for non-binary gender airline passengers on 1 June.

The new code offers the option to choose X, rather than M or F, when a passenger is required to provide such advance passenger information.

Such information needs to be provided for customers travelling to or in transit to Algeria, Canada, China (not including Hong Kong), Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Thailand, USA and UAE.

Travelport has pledged to make the code available to all of the 480 airlines on its platform who choose to adopt it. A number of these, such as United, American Airlines and Delta have confirmed they are preparing to bring in the new code option.

Gordon Wilson. Click to enlarge.

The option to choose X will need to be matched with the passengers passport or identity document. Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Nepal, Netherlands and Pakistan already offer an option other than M or F on passports - in most cases X. X passports are approved by the ICAO, the UN agency that regulates international air travel.

Gordon Wilson (pictured), President and CEO of Travelport, said, As a company committed to diversity and promoting travel for all, we are delighted that the new code for non-binary gender passengers has now been introduced. We hope more airlines will provide this option to ensure their customers are fully respected and welcomed. For us X marks a vote for diversity, dignity and respect.

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