'Ladies and Gentleman' Will No Longer be Heard on easyJet. Why?

Published December 24th, 2019 - 08:30 GMT
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'Ditch sir/madam too. An organisation as huge as yours must do better.'

The greeting 'ladies and gentleman' will reportedly no longer be heard on easyJet flights after the airline was met by a complaint on Twitter. 

The budget airline will instead use the greeting 'welcome everyone' to make their organisation more inclusive, The Sun reports. 

The move by easyJet bosses was sparked by a tweet back in the summer by trans university lecturer Dr Andi Fugard. 

Dr Fugard wrote: 'Dear @easyjet, are you in some kind of competition to see how many times you can reinforce gender binaries? 'Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls', perfume strictly segregated again by 'ladies and gentlemen'.

'Ditch sir/madam too. An organisation as huge as yours must do better.'

The airline later replied to the tweet, writing: 'At easyJet we discriminate against any individual-passengers or staff members. 

'We are a pan-European airline with the aim of connecting people of all nationalities across Europe so there is certainly no room in our organisation for discrimination of any kind.'  

Now they have issued guidelines to staff advising against using the term 'ladies and gentlemen'.

The airline told The Sun that they were not banning the use of the term and had simple 'guided' staff away from the greeting. 

An easyJet spokesman told The Sun: 'We want our crew to be welcoming to everyone onboard and so have provided some guidance to them of how to best do that in a way that is inclusive for everyone.'

 


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