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WestJet Passenger Leaves Super-Sexist Note For Female Pilot

Posted by on Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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WestJet Passenger Leaves Super-Sexist Note For Female Pilot

Photo of a letter left aboard a Westjet flight, via Metro NewsCarey Smith Steacy, a Canadian airline pilot with 17 years of experience, apparently received a blunt and critical letter from a distraught passenger recently. But the issue was not the pilot’s flying style, penchant for finding mid-air turbulence or poor bedside manner.

The issue at hand was the pilot’s ovaries, and the fact that she was not at home doting on children. Where, apparently, she is supposed to be.

"The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” reads a letter written on a napkin left aboard a Calgary flight to Victoria, B.C., obtained by Metro News. "A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as 'captain.' Were (sic) short on mothers, not pilots WestJet."

The letter further contained reference to a biblical verse and concludes, “In the end, this is all mere vanity.”

The author further said he wished WestJet would warn their passengers when a "fair lady" was at the helm so they would have the chance to book another flight.

The fear, of course, is that the pilot will go into spontaneous labor, putting the passengers in immeasurable danger.

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The letter is a shame, not worth the soiled napkin it was written on. But Steacy's response is worth celebrating.

According to Metro, she posted the following Facebook post (no longer publicly accessible):

To @David in 12E on my flight #463 from Calgary to Victoria today. It was my pleasure flying you safely to your destination. Thank you for the note you discreetly left me on your seat. You made sure to ask the flight attendants before we left if I had enough hours to be the Captain so safety is important to you, too. I have heard many comments from people throughout my 17 year career as a pilot. Most of them positive. Your note is, without a doubt, the funniest. It was a joke, right? RIGHT?? I thought, not. You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a “fair lady.” You have that right. Funny, we all, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours. Now, back to my most important role, being a mother.

While only about four per cent of airline pilots are women, the idea that they are "less than" is ridiculous in this day and age.

In fact, the comment is so deafening in its Mad Men-era absurdity that questions of its authenticity are sure to be raised. Such events have been contrived in the past to attain "viral fame."

Last year, a television producer fed the Internet by creating a Thanksgiving beef with "Diane in 7A," claiming he confronted the self-involved passenger mistreated flight staff. It was proven to be a hoax days later.

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The case of David in 12E seems similarly extreme. Would someone actually hold, and voice, the opinion that women are meant only for motherhood?

After 17 years on the job, does Steacy really have to deal with such situations?

Westjet has confirmed, however, that they were told of the incident and that they have many female pilots and first officers in their fleet.

“We’re enormously proud of the professionalism, skills, experience and expertise of our pilots, and we were very disappointed to find this note,” a spokesman told Yahoo Canada News in an email.

Apparently, they are not concerned about the dangers of female pilots launching into spontaneous labour. Won't somebody please think of the children?

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"Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgement. All these people who's ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh, you like to think you're a god. You're not a god, you're just a parasite, eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of other." ~ The Doctor

by on Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:17 PM
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lga1965
by on Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

 Egads !!!!

jcrew6
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if this is just as fake as the Gay/kid birthday invite and the waitress who tried to gain from the fake receipt.  

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Mar. 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM


Quoting jcrew6:

I wouldn't be surprised if this is just as fake as the Gay/kid birthday invite and the waitress who tried to gain from the fake receipt.  

the airline has confirmed it...

mlg1989
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM
What an ass.
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 3:21 AM
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Quoting jcrew6:

I wouldn't be surprised if this is just as fake as the Gay/kid birthday invite and the waitress who tried to gain from the fake receipt.  

You remember the people who are trying to destroy feminism, by black flag opertations, such as "free bleeding" ?

I wonder if they saw how much the fake homophobia stories harmed the equality for LBGT people cause, and decided to cash in on the increased public skepticism?

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Mar. 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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I'd be tempted to do some loopty loops if he was on my plane!


tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM
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The mom who wouldn't let her boy go to a party was also confirmed.

Quoting Sekirei:

Quoting jcrew6:

I wouldn't be surprised if this is just as fake as the Gay/kid birthday invite and the waitress who tried to gain from the fake receipt.  

the airline has confirmed it...


m.garcia21
by Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM
Im sure its a hoax.but if its not the guy is an ignorant baffoon and the pilot handled it well. Good for her .
jcrew6
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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As well as the gay server~ the restaurant stood by her and their mgt are the ones who close out tips at the end of the night on CC receipts. So, one could argue~ they confirmed her...

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

The mom who wouldn't let her boy go to a party was also confirmed.

Quoting Sekirei:

Quoting jcrew6:

I wouldn't be surprised if this is just as fake as the Gay/kid birthday invite and the waitress who tried to gain from the fake receipt.  

the airline has confirmed it...



Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Mar. 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM

 I feel silly asking, but what does Egads mean?

Quoting lga1965:

 Egads !!!!

 

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