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Japanese Airlines to start using gender-neutral language on flights

Japanese Airlines (JAL) will be scrapping the commonly used phrase “ladies and gentlemen” onboard their flights in favour for gender-neutral greetings.  Starting next month, JAL will be opting for greetings such as “attention all passengers” in an effort to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive, according to Mainichi.

JAL will be implementing the new airline greetings on 1 October. Japanese Airlines spokesman Mark Morimoto commented on the new change, telling Thomas Reuters Foundation: “We aspire to be a company where we can create a positive atmosphere and treat everyone … with respect.” The Japanese Airline has become one of the few airlines to adopt a more inclusive greeting style.

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