Carey Smith Steacy, a pilot for Westjet was shocked when one of her passengers left behind a malicious note – not about the quality of her flying but the fact that she was a female Captain.
Seated in 12E, abound for Victoria, the culprit who only identified himself as ‘David,’ grumbled that “the cockpit of an airplane is no place for a woman.” David even sneered that he would have booked another flight had he known a woman was in charge of flying the plane.
Needless to say, Ms. Steacy, who resides in Surrey, Canada was shocked and appalled by the jab. She later posted photos of the napkin-filled tirade on her Facebook account with her own jab:
“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.”
Ms. Steacy continued:
“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.”
On Twitter, many supporters of Ms. Steacy commended her reply.
— Jacqueline Delange (@jackiedelange) March 5, 2014
Robert Palmer, a representative for Westjet released this statement:
“We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots and we were disappointed to see this note.”
Ms. Steacy spoke with MetroNews in Canada and said she had never been subjected to such foul and discourteous comments from any traveller.
“I just couldn’t believe there are still people in this country that think like that,” she said. “It just shocked me.”
Westjet said after this week, they would not lend another second of acknowledgement to the ignorance of the passenger seated in 12E called ‘David.’