The Cockpit is no place for a woman?

2014-03-05 15:54

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Cape Town – Captain Carey Smith Steacy from Canada received a shocking note from a passenger saying that the cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman.

This is what the note said:

    "To Capt/WestJet: The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as "captain."  We're short mothers, not pilots WestJet. Proverbs 31
    PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I could book another flight! In the end this is all mere vanity.
    Not impressed.
    Respectfully in love,

Steacy also had a few words of her own, and this is what she had to say:

"To David. Thank you for the note, you discreetly left me on your seat," she wrote. "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."

The note was found by crew cleaning the cabin. Steacy said flight attendants told her "David" also asked them if she had enough hours to be a captain, because safety was important to him.

The aviation industry remains a male dominated industry.

Huffington Post reported in 2013 that of the 266 000 commercial pilots in the US, only 8 175 were female.
When looking at South Africa , The South African Aviation Authority’s 2012/2013 annual report reported a total of 3740 male commercial pilots, and only 352 female commercial pilots. 

While numbers in comparison to male pilots remain low, the overall number of female pilots has increased worldwide.

What are your thoughts? Does it matter to you whether a pilot is female or male while you’re travelling? Tell us in the comments section below.

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