On Sunday, a passenger on WestJet flight 463 scrawled a note to the pilot on a napkin and left it at his seat to be found when he deplaned. Did it say “Hey, thanks for the safe flight!” or ”Really appreciate your mad aeronautical skills!”?
No, it didn’t say anything like that. Quite the opposite, actually. “David” of seat 12E had noticed the pilot when he boarded — Carey Steacy, a 17-year veteran and (Shocking!) a woman. This offended him…
Here’s a transcription of the absurd missive…
The cockpit of 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.
(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…
Respectfully in love,
David (or Daniel maybe?)
After Steacy got over the shock of receiving such obnoxious feedback, she responded on Facebook…
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 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.
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, as humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours.
Now, back to my most important role, being a mother.
In a follow-up interview, she said…
I just couldn’t believe there are still people in this country that think like that. It just shocked me.