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WestJet passenger: "The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman"

Mother of two and WestJet pilot, Carey Smith Steacy had just completed her flight from Calgary to Victoria when she received a note left by one of her passengers. The note was not a thank you, nor was it a complaint about bad service, it was to let her know "the cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman" as Good Morning America reported on March 5, 2014.

WestJet passenger note
Daily Mail

The note has since gone viral after Steacy shared it on her Facebook.

"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.' Proverbs 31. Were [sic] short mothers, not pilots Westjet. (Sorry not P.C.) ps I wish Westjet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another Flight! In the end this is all mere vanity....not impressed

respectfully in Love,


The passenger known only as David, also reportedly kept asking flight attendants if Steacy had enough flight hours to be flying a plane. Steacy spoke with CTV and said she and the other flight attendants were shocked by the sexist note.

Steacy posted the note on Facebook with hopes of inspiring more women to enroll in flight school and help fight against sexist attitudes. According to the Federal Aviation Administration in June 2013, Steacy was one of only 8175 commercial airline pilots in the U.S.

Carey Steacy has received an outpouring of support since sharing her story. Travelers are requesting Steacy as their pilot for future WestJet flights, as others are just praising her for what she does.

Steacy has been a pilot for 17 years with over nine of those years at WestJet.

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