Carey Smith Steacy, a female Canadian Airline pilot with 17 years of experience (not her picture above), apparently received a blunt and critical letter from a distraught passenger sometime in March.
It read: 'Dear Capt/ WestJet. The cockpit of airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as "captain". We're short on mothers, not pilots. (He then references Chapter 31 from the Book of Proverbs, which includes a description of what makes a virtuous woman.)
The letter continues: PS: I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!'
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.
Do you agree with the passenger that a woman has no business being the captain of the plane?
Truth time: If you board a domestic flight and you notice the pilot is a woman, how will you feel?
Sasha Bonè and our other in house feminists, I look forward to hearing what you think about this.