Pilot union suggests phasing out masculine terms, says 'cockpit,' 'father' is offensive to DEI culture

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'The world's largest airline pilot union suggested airmen and women stop using terms purportedly offensive to women and LGBTQ individuals, calling out terms like "cockpit" as non-inclusive.

Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, represents over 70,000 pilots worldwide and states that it collaborates with a United Nations agency on its policies. According to a diversity, equity and inclusion language guide released in 2021, the ALPA lists numerous terms and phrases to avoid — especially "masculine generalizations" — that it deemed to be non-inclusive.

"Inclusive language in communications is essential to our union’s solidarity and collective strength and is an important factor in maintaining flight safety," the guide states. "The purpose of this language guide is to offer examples of terms and phrases that promote inclusion and equity."

ALPA, for example, suggested replacing the word "cockpit" with "flight deck." The purportedly offensive term "has been and may be used in a derogatory way to exclude women in the piloting profession," the guide states.

Similarly, ALPA's guide called for the words "man" and "men" to be avoided. It offered suggestions for the word "manpower," including "people/human power."

"Who will provide the people/human power to support this event?" the guide stated as an example.

The guide also suggests avoiding using masculine terms, like "guys," when addressing groups, since the word is not inclusive of "women, transgender people and people with different gender identities."'

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