“The cockpit is no place for a woman”: Female pilot gets sexist note from passenger

After subjecting oneself to the modern miracle of air travel, most passengers give thanks to their god and/or the pilot who safely got them to their destination.

But not David in seat 12E, who flew on a WestJet flight from Calgary to Victoria this weekend. He passive aggressively left this note on his seat for Capt. Carey Smith Steacy:

napkin with sexist note from passenger to female pilot

Steacy posted the picture of the napkin to her Facebook page and thanked David for his note: “I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the ‘cockpit,’ (we now call it the flight deck as no cocks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore.” (Apparently, David also didn’t get the memo that there are no places where you can be publicly bigoted and not risk ending up on social media anymore.)

While Steacy and her colleagues were shocked someone was so blatantly sexist, she also noted that “almost every day people I find are a little bit surprised,” attributing that to the fact that women are still under-represented in flight schools. “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.”

Indeed, WestJet says that it has 1,118 male pilots and 58 female pilots. So maybe enroll in flight school, ladies–in David’s honor, of course.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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