The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is banning the use of the term “ladies and gentleman” on loudspeakers, as officials have deemed the phrase not inclusive enough.
Operators will no longer be able to say the phrase on train, bus or platform radio systems, because it may offend some passengers, according to amNewYork. The audio recordings of the phrase are also being updated, but until the changes are complete, operators will have to manually override the old system with their own announcements.
The MTA has instructed managers to monitor employees to ensure compliance with the new rule, as terms like “passengers” and “riders” will replace “ladies and gentleman.”
The effort will “fundamentally change” the way the MTA communicates and make it “better” and “clearer” for passengers, according to MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein.
“They are trying to be politically correct,” a station worker told The New York Post. “They are acknowledging that they have some transgender riders. They don’t want to offend anyone.”
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