Brazilian airline kicks passenger off for sexist comments about pilot

While American Airlines is busy kicking passengers off planes for being pro-choice, Brazil’s Trip Airlines is kicking them off for being sexist. Via The Huffington Post:

A Brazilian airline says one of its female pilots tossed a passenger off a flight because he was making sexist comments about women flying planes.

Trip Airlines says in a Tuesday statement the pilot ejected the man before takeoff as he made loud, sexist comments upon learning the pilot was a woman. The jet continued on to the state of Goias after a one-hour delay.

The passenger involved in Friday’s incident has not been identified. He was met by police at the plane and escorted out of the Belo Horizonte airport. Police at the airport have not responded to calls and it isn’t known if the man has been charged with anything.

Trip says it won’t tolerate disparaging remarks made about any of the 1,400 women working for the airline.

Damn right. Everyone knows that women are just as capable of flying planes as men are. Provided they’re not on their periods and as long as they’re not wearing a skirt that reveals their ankles.

 

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/samll/ Sam Lindsay-Levine

    Finally, a feel-good story about airline personal acting high-handedly towards passengers!

  • http://feministing.com/members/nikkia/ Nicola Archibald

    Actually, it’s really hard to operate toe-brakes while wearing high heels.

    Just sayin’

  • http://feministing.com/members/skyride/ Lee

    Haha, awesome.

    I can hear all my sexist male acquaintances complaining now about how they feel emasculated by this story. “C’mon, gimme a break, can’t a guy speak his mind anymore?”