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The Internet Loves the Way This Pilot Took on Sexist Comments

The Internet Loves the Way This Pilot Took on Sexist Comments
Jackie Reddy

The pilot, named only as Charlotte, spoke of her dismay regarding the sexist remarks she’d received from male passengers during a recent flight. Her posts attracted attention and solidarity from other members of the public, with some pausing to share stories of their sadly similar experiences.

A pilot has taken to social media to express her dismay at sexist remarks received during a recent flight. Insider reports that the woman, named only as Charlotte, tweeted last Saturday to say that, despite having a “lovely day” with her crew members, she was, “Baffled as to why two male [passengers] felt that these comments were necessary.”

Charlotte tweeted that the comments included feedback such as, “’I won’t make any jokes about female drivers then,’” and, “’Are you the pilot? If I’d known that I wouldn’t have got on.’”

But Charlotte seemed to have the perfect response to this criticism.“Fact is, I can fly an £80m ($107m) jet, you can’t,” she said.

“It is this attitude that puts women off and another barrier stopping them from going into male dominated careers. It shouldn’t even be a thing!!! I am a pilot he is a pilot. See, there is no difference,” Charlotte continued.

Charlotte’s posts soon garnered attention from around the web, with other members of the public taking the time to tell sadly similar comments received either by themselves or their loved ones. “My wife’s a pilot, every time she flies she gets a ‘well done dear’ or similar from holidaymakers,” said Twitter user Danø.

Offering her thoughts, Charlotte tweeted, “I’m saddened by the fact that this is the attitude some still have and think it is OK to make these comments to women.”

Despite the negative comments she’s encountered, Charlotte’s comments to Insider were hopeful in their outlook. “My career is my dream, always has been. I always wanted to be able to inspire more women [to be pilots], especially the younger generations, so that we can change people’s perceptions on what is still a man’s world. I take this as part of my job,” she said.

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  1. UKTroll

    May 23, 2018 at 1:29 am

    It might be worth pointing out that in quite a few other industries with very expensive machines that need professional, sympathetic control, female operators are definitely preferred. I taught a few truck drivers in the military, and found the female learners generally far better than the male ones, as they listened to what you said and tried it first time. Many of the boys thought they already knew it all, and wouldn’t listen fully until they’d dropped a clanger or two. I like to think that sloppy pilots are in the minority, but would be very surprised to find a lady pilot who was.

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