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Travel Japan Airlines will swap 'ladies and gentlemen' for gender-neutral terms on its in-flight announcements

16:31  30 september  2020
16:31  30 september  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Japan Airlines is replacing “ ladies and gentlemen ” in its in - flight and airport announcements with gender - neutral expressions, beginning in October. The formerly state-owned airline will use phrases such as “all passengers”, “good morning” and “good evening” in its English announcements .

Japan Airlines will stop using the the phrase “ ladies and gentlemen ” in during in - flight and airport announcements to be Australia’s Qantas was among the first when it launched a “Spirit of Inclusion” initiative in March 2018. The carrier asked employees to refrain from gender -specific words like

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  • Japan Airlines will use gender-neutral terms from October 1 for in-flight and airport announcements, it said.
  • It will swap “ladies and gentlemen” for gender-neutral phrases such as “passengers” and “everyone,” it said.
  • Air Canada and British airline EasyJet both introduced similar policies in 2019.
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Japan Airlines will stop using gendered terms like "ladies and gentlemen" during its in-flight and airport announcements, the company said on Monday.

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Japan Airlines said on Monday it would swap " ladies and gentlemen " for gender - neutral “Attention all passengers” and “Good morning everyone” will be among the terms adopted, local In March, Japan Airlines announced it would allow female flight attendants to wear trousers and ditch

Japan Airlines has continued in its pursuit to appease self-proclaimed attack helicopters as the transport service will now cease its use of the phrase " ladies and gentlemen " in favor of Last year, Air Canada also swapped out the phrase for the more inclusive “minasama”, and British low-cost

From October 1, it will use "gender-friendly" expressions instead, such as "passengers" and "everyone," it said.

This only applies to English-language announcements because the phrases used in Japanese are already gender-neutral.

The airline "will abolish expressions that based on (two types of) sex and use gender-friendly expression" instead, a spokesperson told AFP. It is the first Japanese airline to make this move.

Airlines are increasingly introducing gender-neutral language policies.

Air Canada adopted gender-neutral greetings last October, and British budget airline EasyJet followed in December after complaints from a transgender lecturer.

Though Japan is a relatively conservative country that does not allow same-sex marriage, the airline has introduced progressive measures in recent years to encourage equality.

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Japan Airlines has continued in its pursuit to appease self-proclaimed attack helicopters as the transport service will now cease its use of the phrase “ ladies and gentlemen ” in favor of gender - neutral lines , with more normal individuals likely being curious as to how such a greeting was

Japan Airlines is joining the growing number of airlines to drop gender-specific greetings on its flights . Instead of welcoming passengers with the gendered phrase “ Ladies and Gentleman ,” Japan Airlines The airline already uses gender neutrals terms for all its announcements in Japanese .

In March, it ditched its dress code for its almost 6,000 female flight attendants, which required them to wear skirts and high heels. This came after attendants spoke out about the discomfort of wearing heels at work as part of a nationwide #KuToo movement — a play on #MeToo that combines the Japanese words for shoes and pain. Japan Airlines was Japan's first major company to change its dress code because of the campaign.

In August 2019, the company operated a rainbow-themed LGBT ally charter flight for same-sex couples and people involved in LGBT activism. It said it wanted to "promote understanding" of LGBT issues "not only within the company but also in society."

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