WestJet Passenger Leaves Sexist Message to Pilot, She Responds

    March 6, 2014
    Jasmine Allen
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Can someone please remind me what year it is because if I recall, it is 2014 and not 1914!


In recent news, a bizarre case of sexism occurred to a Canadian pilot from WestJet airlines.

On Wednesday, an airplane was on its scheduled route from Calgary to Victoria, B.C., with female pilot Carey Steacy leading the flight.

Most people are quite aware that female pilots exist, but for one passenger in particular, the news was totally discomforting.

A male passenger by the name of David left a rather rude note on a napkin to Steacy.

The message detailed how women shouldn’t pursue pilot careers, as he believed women are meant to stick to more traditional roles like being a mother. (image)

“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman,” the note began.

He further mentioned how the airline should warn him when “a fair lady is at the helm,” just incase he needs to make changes to his flight.

David then ended the insensitive note with the words “not impressed” followed by his signature on the back.

Steacy shared photos of the scribbled message to her Facebook page, and along with it came her response:

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.

Steacy told CTV News that she and her colleagues were quite astonished by the sexist note.

The pilot also stated that she felt it was necessary to respond because just like he has his opinions, she has hers.

However, Steacy said that she does recognize how uncommon female pilots are today. (image)

“Almost every day people I find are a little bit surprised, and I think it’s just because women aren’t enrolling in flight schools… And I just hope that that mindset can change, like it has in a lot of professions,” she said.

According to the Today show, “Canadian carrier WestJet has 1,111 male pilots and 58 female pilots. Its subsidiary regional airline, WestJet Encore, has 87 male and 10 female pilots.”

In a statement, the airline said that the response was disappointing. However, women working in the industry hope that the incident will help spread light on the contribution women have made throughout aviation history.

My advice to this David character is to book a flight to an isolated island very far away, stay there, and never return to society since you’re “not impressed” by how modern-day women operate. Sorry to break it to you buddy, but female pilots are here to stay.

Images via YouTube

  • smithsson

    I saw this and the note about a week ago on Reddit with comments from the pilot. It’s truly sad to see men who believe this still exist. I’m just wondering what this man thinks of his mom, his wife, his sister, his baby sitter, or any of his female teachers growing up.

    Good for the pilot though for standing up for herself. Kudos.

    • Nick O’Rourke

      It’s called freedom of speech. He didn’t say anything threatening so he is free to think what he wants.
      Whenever people like you get up in arms because he is conditioned to feel the way he does I have to laugh at the hypocrites you are.
      If you are gay you have to accept them. If you are black you have to accept them. If they are female you have to except them. This is who they are and to offend one of the above groups is wrong. But then you get to pedophiles and racists. They are being told that the way they feel and act is wrong and not correct. They are made fun of. Is that not who they are? Why should certain groups get protection while the others get harassed.
      Point is. The guy does not want to board a plane with a female pilot!
      Same as a gay guy does not want to sleep with a female.
      No therapy will change the way the gay guy thinks so why should anything change the way the misogynist feels?
      Hypocrites is all I have to say.

      • smithsson

        interesting perspective Nick O’Rourke. I disagree with your perception in many ways and many levels. Thank you though for sharing your thoughts and conveying it in an expository manner. It is most definitely quite different. I do find your line of reasoning while somewhat logical; quite lacking in compassion, and empathy.


  • s1974x

    A) Why is this story listed as one of the most important news items of the day on Bing?

    B) If this is proven to be a hoax like the lesbian waitress who claimed she didn’t get a tip because her customers left her a nasty message on their receipt or like the fake birthday party reply created by some radio hosts where they claimed a kid wasn’t allowed to come to a birthday party because the host’s parents were gay, will we hear about it? Somehow I think that revelation would fail to meet the media’s shallow criteria for a “Stop the Presses!” moment.

    3) 300,000,000 people in the country and you can literally find people who believe anything if you try hard enough, so is anyone curious as to why the media is so selective on whom it cares about? Of course not because a country dumb enough to elect Obama twice is a country full of people who are clearly not intellectually curious.

    • smithsson

      a) I didn’t know this was listed as an important news. I don’t think it ranks that high.
      b) agree. preying upon the empathy of others in a deceptive manner will likely cause more damage to not only ones reputation, but also the cause it aims.
      c) amen. I have no reason to believe she was inauthentic in her account. Perhaps I have erred in my placement of trust in this story.