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WestJet Passenger Thinks “The Cockpit of an Airliner is NO Place for a Woman”

Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the Fasten Seatbelt Sign, please get ready for take-off, because we’re in for one hell of a ride. Today’s in-flight entertainment brought to you by the letter “S” –  for Sexist.

We all perceive time as linear but an amazing thing happened on Sunday when a WestJet flight made a direct trip from Calgary all the way back to 1963.

Don’t believe me? Then what else could possibly explain why a passenger left behind a note full of sexist remarks about 17-year veteran female pilot Carey Steacy on a napkin. Yes, Don Draper himself was on board to down a Canadian Club or five, ask the flight attendant about whether the pilot “had an adequate number of flight hours” (undoubtedly preceding the inevitable ‘mile-high-club’ proposition), and find time to pen an open letter to Steacy and WestJet on his cocktail napkin to inform all who didn’t know that “the cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman.”

Insert obvious cock joke here (no, really).

What a dick! Amiright, ladies?


Please ensure that your seat backs and tray tables are in the full, upright position – and that you stow your misogyny safely back where it came form.


Ok, maybe I’m being a little too hard on TV’s beloved womanizer, Don Draper. Obviously whoever left this note – male or female – is about a thousand times worse than any high-rolling man in 1963 because, why? Oh yeah, because they’re a regular human being in 2014.

In reality, the passenger, known only as “David” from seat 12E (deranged from the middle-seat, no doubt) clearly failed to recognize this fact. Indeed, his note didn’t stop with the above insult. Oh, no. It also included additional out-of-context and grammatically poor fun facts such as “a woman being a mother is the most honor”; “mothers not pilots” and “Proverbs 31” (way to preach it, Jesus) and “in the end this is all mere vanity” followed by an artist’s rendering stick man and woman.


westjet passenger leave sexist note to female pilotActually, I think WestJet should be letting people know when you’re at the helm, Dave, so we can ALL book another flight! (Sorry not PC)

westjet passenger leaves sexist note for female pilot

Ugh. Females and their equal-opportunity VANITY!

No doubt Captain Steacy was shocked when the note was passed to her. A veteran pilot of 17 years – and honoured mother – she took to Facebook to reply to what I shall refer to as ‘Napkingate’:

“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.”

BAM! Oh, and by the way, Dave – it’s not a cockpit anymore; we call it a flight deck now.
(There was a flight dick joke in there, but as a fair lady, I’ll let it be).

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