GERMANY - ‘Dear Guests’ Now Used on Flight Announcements

Arno Froese

“Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, herzlich willkommen an Bord” and its English translation, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome on board,” will soon be things of the past on Lufthansa flights.

The German flag carrier plans to use gender-neutral language. The change would apply to all airlines operated by the Lufthansa Group, including Austrian Airlines, Swiss and Eurowings.

Diversity isn’t just an empty phrase, but is a reality for Lufthansa, Anja Stenger, the company’s spokeswoman, told DW. “Starting now, we also want to express this attitude in our language,” she said. 

Lufthansa crews would now use gender-neutral phrases such as “Dear guests,” “Good morning/evening” or simply “Welcome on board.” The decision on how to address passengers will ultimately be made by the crew, who were informed about the change in May. The change is effective immediately. 

The European Institute for Gender Equality defines gender-neutral language as “language that is not gender-specific and which considers people in general, with no reference to women and men.”

US automaker Ford changed its rules to adopt gender-neutral language. As part of the move, the company would replace the title “chairman” with “chair.”

-www.dw.com/en, 13 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

This development is not surprising. The fundamentals laid down in Scripture will and must be changed; that is the spirit of the end times. Genesis 1:27 is no longer considered the absolute: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” 

Furthermore, it is also not surprising because the overwhelming majority of the intellectual elite on planet earth insist that evolution is a scientific fact, although it is not. But, we add, scientists the world over continue to argue about the proper definition of evolution: fact or theory?

When researching evolution on the internet, it becomes obvious that, at most, it is a “theoretical fact.” But that is not our concern as Bible believers, for we have the documented evidence. 

This development can be defined with one word: equality. Mankind has the desire to be equal. The conceptual founders of the United States, for example, wrote: “All men are created equal.” Yet that was only true for the wealthy landowners, who received grants from the Crown. The remnant had virtually no rights—not to mention the original inhabitants, the Native Americans, or African Americans.

This process of equality will continue until each and every human being is registered within the new world order system. Ultimately, a person will no longer be defined as male or female, rather a number as recorded in Revelation 13:17: “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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