A WestJet passenger was not afraid to express their disdain at having a woman pilot fly them to their destination, leaving an ignorant and chauvinistic note on a napkin stuck in the seat when they departed.
According to the Inquisitr today, WestJet pilot Carey Smith-Steacy, a Canadian airline pilot with 17 years of experience, found the note after taking flight 463 from Calgary to Victoria earlier this week.
The blunt and critical letter stated:
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. PS: I wish WestJet could tell me [when] a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!
The ill-mannered author’s “fair lady” reference evidently means they want to be informed of the gender of the pilot so they can only fly when a male is at the “helm.”
The back of the napkin said: "In the end this is all mere vanity," a scriptural reference to King Salomon. It was signed: "Not impressed, respectfully in love, David."
The writer left another biblical reference – Proverbs 31 – which is a chapter that describes a “capable wife.”
Steacy responded with the following Facebook post, which has since been taken down:
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.
While only about four percent of airline pilots are women, the notion that a woman belongs at home in today’s world is simply so antiquated it can’t even be rationalized.
“We’re enormously proud of the professionalism, skills, experience and expertise of our pilots, and we were very disappointed to find this note,” a WestJet spokesman said.