British Airways is the latest airline to drop gender-specific greetings aboard their aircraft.
After Lufthansa said auf wiedersehen to ‘Damen und Herren’ in July and Japan Airlines switched up its English-language greetings in 2020, the UK’s flagship carrier is also adjusting its onboard announcements to use more inclusive language.
The phrase “ladies and gentlemen” will be replaced with “everyone” on BA flights.
The change is to make flights feel more inclusive and better reflect the mix of customers, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
“We celebrate diversity and inclusion and we’re committed to ensuring that all our customers feel welcome when travelling with us,” said a spokesperson for the airline.
Air Canada was the first national carrier to make the move to gender-neutral language in 2019.
British Airways was praised by some passengers who found the term “ladies and gentlemen” too formal, old fashioned and patronising.