In a press release on Friday, United Airlines declared that their were continuing to “lead in inclusivity” by opening up their in-flight documentation to passengers who don’t fit into the neat gender binaries that somehow worked for society for the last 6,000 years.
As sanctimonious and inane as any company’s press release has ever been, the airline informed the world that the miniscule percentage of flyers who identify as neither male nor female would no longer have to be embarrassed and shunned by the monstrous decision to choose either gender to identify themselves. We tell you, champagne corks were popped in at least three American households this weekend. At least three.
“United Airlines today announced it has become the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title ‘Mx.’ during booking and in a MileagePlus customer profile. Customers now have the ability to identify themselves as M(male), F(female), U(undisclosed) or X(unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their passports or identification,” reads the press release.
“United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so proud to be the first U.S. airline to offer these inclusive booking options for our customers,” said United’s Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist. “United is excited to share with our customers, whether they identify along the binary of male or female or not, that we are taking the steps to exhibit our care for them while also providing additional employee training to make us even more welcoming for all customers and employees.”
The TSA requires each passenger to disclose their gender before a flight, but the federal agency is fine with accepting whatever gender a person chooses as long as that gender is also denoted by their government-issued ID.
If you’re thinking of spending your money at another airline to protest United’s distasteful pandering to the LGBT mafia, don’t bother. Two major airline trade groups have rolled out these recommendations for so-called gender inclusivity and while United is the first airline to make the policies official, they won’t be the last.
From USA Today:
The nation’s five biggest U.S. airlines – American, Delta, United, Southwest and Alaska airlines – all previously told USA TODAY that they plan to implement the trade groups’ suggestion.
Delta spokesperson Kate Modolo told USA TODAY in a statement: “As part of Delta’s ongoing efforts to reflect inclusivity and respond to the needs of our diverse customer population, we are planning to offer a non-binary gender option during the booking process.”
United is just getting the jump on their competitors for a chance to nab some headlines and some positive publicity from the LGBT-adoring media, but this nonsense is rolling out across the industry.
What difference does it make, you ask? Probably none. But it’s just another sign that our society is leaving behind the warm, cozy confines of science and reason for the cold, desolate landscape of “you make up your own reality.” We’re not optimistic about civilization’s ability to navigate this territory.