A female airline pilot received a horribly sexist note from a passenger. Happy Place investigates.
At least he's recycling.
A female pilot for Westjet Airlines claims to have received the above note from a passenger she called "David in 12E," who was apparently unhappy flying with a lady pilot. As he put it "the cockpit of an airplane is no place for a woman." Not sure if he's confused by the "cock" part, or whether he's just an old school guy who longs for the days when the role of female airline employees was to serve peanuts and get their asses pinched. Either way, in his mind "A woman being the mother is the most honor."
The wording of it tells me that the guy is either Asian or shitfaced. Or both. But the person who posted this on reddit claims to have found this on the pilot's Facebook page, along with her response to "David in 12E."
"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, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours. Now, back to my most important role, being a mother."
Is it real? The photo appears to be taken in the flight deck of a plane. However, it's impossible to tell anymore what's real or fake. With the ongoing Kimmel-ization of what constitutes a prank, the bar has been lowered to the point where simpy lying about something is now considered comedy:
Man #1: I'm dying of Cancer.
Man #2: Oh my God, I'm so sorry.
Man #1: I'm kidding - you just got pranked!
There's as good a chance of this note being genuine sexism as there is of it being written by a bored Westjet employee with a pen, a phone and five minutes to kill. Hell, for all we know it could be part of a new viral marketing strategy by the airline. The lines have become so blurred that there's a possibility that Happy Place is in on it as well and I'm being used as a pawn! Okay, that's probably a stretch.
All we know at this point is that this is a riddle wrapped in a napkin inside a barf bag and we are officially through the looking glass. But we promise to keep you posted.
(by Jonathan Corbett)