Passenger leaves sexist note for female WestJet pilot

A portion of the note left for the pilot

Credits: Handout/QMI AGENCY


CALGARY - A female WestJet pilot has responded to a male passenger who left her a sexist note stating "the cockpit of an airline is no place for a woman."

The man was travelling on a Calgary to Victoria flight piloted by Capt. Carey Steacy. Upon arrival he left the note, written on a napkin, on his seat saying he'd rather not fly with a woman at the controls.

"I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!" wrote the man who identified himself as David in 12E.

"The cockpit of an airline is no place for a woman ... Were (sic) short mothers not pilots WestJet."

The 17-year pilot - and mother of two - posted the note on Facebook with her response to "David."

"I have heard many comments from people throughout my 17 year career as a pilot," Steacy wrote. "Most of them positive. Your note is, without a doubt, the funniest ... You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a "fair lady." ... 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."

On Tuesday, a WestJet official said the issue was now behind them, but not before the carrier insisted it greatly values all of its pilots.

"We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and we are disappointed by this note," they stated.

The note:


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