Don’t worry about making the trains run on time — the important thing is not to offend anyone’s delicate ears with words.
Subway workers aren’t allowed to use ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ any more.
It’s painful political correctness aimed at MTA’s giant leap into the genderless future.
Instead of using the traditional greetings, workers are encouraged to adopt the collectives ‘passengers’ and ‘riders’.
MTA made their employees aware of the change in an internal memo circulated this week, reports New York Post.
Referring to the new words, it read: ‘Please don’t use any greeting other than these.’
Anthony Staley, a Transport Workers Union Local 100 member, said: ‘They are trying to be politically correct. They are acknowledging that they have some transgender riders. They don’t want to offend anyone.’
If they make good on their promise, it means automated messages throughout the subway system that use ‘ladies’ and ‘gentlemen’ will have to be scrapped and updated.
It comes after a US court has barred Donald Trump from changing military policy on service by transgender people.
The president made the announcement earlier this year via Twitter.
He based the decision on ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption’.
Trump explained in a tweet: ‘After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.
‘Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.’