Most flyers 'don't trust' female pilots

2013-11-05 14:02

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Well, well, it seems we're still stuck in the middle ages or something, as a recent UK survey revealed that most air travellers prefer male pilots to their female counterparts.

The Telegraph reports that a survey conducted among 2 400 travellers by online travel agent,, revealed that a whopping 51% of participants said they were less likely to trust a female pilot, because they believed male pilots were ‘more skilled' and women didn't have the ability to handle pressure.

Huh? Say what?

Faced with this sort of sexism, a pilot for Brazilian airline, Trip Air, had no qualms about kicking the offending passenger off her flight. The airline backed the pilot, stating that they would not tolerate disparaging remarks made about any of the 1 400 women working for the airline.

While 25% of participants said the sex of the pilot really didn't matter, 14% said they would actually feel safer with a female in the cockpit, because men tended to be ‘too hot-headed' in a crisis and were also ‘too easily distracted.'

Again... huh?!

Well, whatever your gender preference in pilots might be, the fact is that you're far less likely to encounter a female in control of an aircraft, than you would a male. Huffington Post reports that of the 266 000 commercial pilots in the US, only 8 175 are female.

While the aviation industry may still be male dominated, it's encouraging to see more women making their way beyond the cabin and into cockpits and air traffic towers, as a recent Women24 column pointed out.

Read more on:    flights  |  air travel  |  travel international

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