Passenger Pilot Message: 'Cockpit Is No Place for a Woman'

Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 12:46 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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After learning that a passenger left a sexist message to her, Veteran WestJet pilot Carey Steacy said she was "shocked" over the note left on her aircraft Sunday in which the passenger said he would have booked a different flight if he had known the pilot was a woman.

The message, written on a napkin by a passenger who identified himself as "David," was believed to be on WestJet's flight No. 463, Calgary to Victoria, British Columbia on Sunday, according to Canada's Metro News. 

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"The cockpit of airline is no place for a woman," the note read on two napkins. "A woman (being) a mother is the most honor. Not as 'captain.' . . . 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."

The note's writer put "sorry, not p.c." in parentheses, short for political correctness.

Yahoo News reported that the pilot responded to the message on her Facebook page. 

"It was my pleasure flying you safely to your destination," Steacy wrote. "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."

Steacy told Metro that she was caught off guard by the passenger's message.

"I just couldn't believe there are still people in this country that think like that," the pilot said. "It just shocked me."

WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer responded to the controversy. 

"We take enormous pride in the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and this note is very disappointing," Palmer told Metro.

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