A WestJet passenger is coming under fire after leaving a highly sexist letter for a female WestJet pilot. In the letter the passenger attacks the pilot not for their flight skills, but rather because they are female.
WestJet pilot Carey Smith Steacy has been piloting jets for the last 17 years. Needless to say the following letter is not what she expected to see from a passenger:
“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman … A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as ‘captain.’ Were (sic) short on mothers, not pilots WestJet.”
The letter was left on a flight from Calgary to Victoria, B.C. and it also includes a biblical note along with the following conclusion: “In the end, this is all mere vanity.”
Carey followed up with the passenger with the following Facebook post (it has since been removed):
“To @David in 12E on my flight #463 from Calgary to Victoria today. It was my pleasure flying you safely to your destination. 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.”
The David in 12E letter has been going viral thanks to the sheer stupidity of the passengers words.
While WestJet did not respond directly to the passenger, they did publicly note that many female pilots work for the airline.
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