Lufthansa, Europe’s largest airline group, stated on Tuesday that the greeting ‘ladies and gentlemen’ will be replaced by other gender-neutral alternatives. The change intends to welcome all people, regardless of whether they identify as male or female. A spokesperson told AFP that crews are not being instructed to choose a greeting which includes all passengers. ‘Dear guests’ or a more simplistic ‘good morning/evening’ will be among those used.
The policy will make its way into usage gradually, applying to German flag carrier Lufthansa as well as the group’s Swiss, Austrian, Brussels and Eurowings airline extensions. Germany has also delved into the international debate which will see more inclusive language becoming normalised and therefore take into account diverse gender identities. This news follows the decision by Munich, Berlin and Hamburg to stop using the word ‘Schwarzfahren’ (black riding) for ticket-less travelling due to having racist implications.
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