“The Cockpit…Is No Place For A Lady” Says Sexist Airline Passenger, Female Pilot Reads Him
A WestJet passenger couldn’t stand the thought of a woman piloting the plane: “The cockpit of airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as ‘captain,'” a note said, scribbled on a napkin, for Captain Carey Smith Steacy. Not here for the nonsense, Steacy responded to the sexist message.
“I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the ‘cockpit,’ (we now call it the flight deck as no c**ks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore,” Steacy retorted, posting the note on her Facebook page.
The chauvinistic note went on to remind the Canadian airline that there’s a shortage of mothers, not pilots. “ I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight! In the end this is all mere vanity. Not impressed” the biting message said. “Respectfully in love,” it signed ironically, “David.”
“You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a ‘fair lady,'” she snapped back. And by the way,”I have two beautiful children, it is the highest honor,” she concluded.
Steacy, during her 17 years experience as a pilot, said she’s never encountered sexism to such a crude extent. She admits that passengers have made comments about her, as a woman, flying a plane — but only in jest. “That’s the only time I’ve seen something as raw as that,” she told CTVNews, “All of us had our mouths open in shock, we didn’t know what to say.”
Steacy also acknowledges that there’s a dearth of female pilots like herself in the industry:
“I think it’s just because women aren’t enrolling in flight schools — not because they’re not being hired, but because they’re not enrolling in it,” Steacy told TheSpec. “Either it’s because they don’t think they can, or they have been told that it’s not for women, or that they can’t do it. And I just hope that that mindset can change like it has in a lot of professions.”
WestJet has 1,111 male pilots and only 58 female pilots! Less than six percent of all pilots are women.
According to Today, the Facebook post has since been removed.