Would this be an appropriate AskMe? If not, do you know an alternate way to pursue the info? (The "doctors can't be women" airline thing.)
posted by sparrows to Etiquette/Policy at 10:18 AM (5 comments total)
A Twitter user posted that a certain airline can't let female passengers select Dr. rather than Mrs., Ms. or Miss. (The airline explained to his female friend that selecting Dr. defaults a passenger's sex to male in their registration system and therefore isn't possible for a female passenger.)
His post exploded, 500+ retweets and 1000+ @-replies, most asking him which airline. He seemed bemused and amazed by the attention, but his response was that his friend doesn't want to name and "shame" the airline.
I'm guessing people are so intensely engaged here because
1) it looks like we happened to get one nugget of a report out of countless times this happened to other women, and
2) it sounds like it's the result of a programming choice that would be easily fixable if the airline gets enough customer pressure/publicity.
Those two things combine into a burning desire to know where it's happening.
Is there a way of finding out which airline it is, without subjecting this guy or his friend to further unwanted attention? I want to make an AskMe, but I'm asking in MeTa because there's a both a smaller community here and maybe guidance about some approach I'm not thinking of.
Needless to say: please avoid identifying him in the comments here! I want to identify the airline, not bother the guy more...