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Pilot Responds to Man Who Tells Her ‘A Cockpit is No Place for a Woman’

A passenger who arrived safely during a recent flight to Victoria left a note for the pilot on the plane. Instead of thanking the aviation professional for an incident-free ride, however, the man used a napkin to ‘educate’ the female pilot on her biblical role as a woman.

“The cockpit is no place for a woman,” the man, identified only as David, told the “fair lady” who had just navigated him and his fellow passengers from Calgary to Victoria. Referencing Proverbs 31 he added, “A woman being a mother is the most honour, not as ‘captain.'”

He also suggested WestJet, the airline operating the flight should have put a warning label on the female-led flight. “I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight.”

Carey Smith Steacy, 17-year flight veteran and target of the note, said when the cleaning crew found the note scrawled by David she was initially shocked. “It made me feel sad. It was just surprising,” Steacy said. “I can’t believe that there’s people that still think that way.”

The Canadian mother of two also took to Facebook to post his note and respond to “David in 12E”.

“It was my pleasure flying you safely to your destination. Thank you for the note you discreetly left me on your seat,” she began. “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.”

After asking David if he intended his biased remarks as a joke, she continued, “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.”

She concluded by telling him that they agreed on one point and she was, as he suggested, off to handle her “most important role, being a mother.”

Read the full text of Carey Smith Steacy’s response below:

“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.”

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