What not to say to your female pilot

A Brazilian airline says one of its female pilots tossed a passenger off a flight because he was making sexist comments about women flying planes.

Tossed off? Could have been phrased better but I think we’re all on the same page.

Trip Airlines says in a statement the pilot ejected the man before take-off as he made loud, sexist comments upon learning the pilot was a woman. The jet continued on to the state of Goias after a one-hour delay.


Trip says it won’t tolerate disparaging remarks made about any of the 1400 women working for the airline.

Absolutely right too. There’s no reason to be having a go at a female pilot <evil grin> it’s not like she has to park it anyway.

The next few posts will be from the sofa, where the Angry Exile expects to be sleeping for the next few evenings.

Posted on May 24, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. No rearview mirror for applying make-up on the go ..

  2. michaeljmcfadden

    LOL! Well, at least the remote will be in easy reach during your couch float. :> And I’m sure your better half will forgive you when you show her the tickets you’ll be buying for that getaway weekend in Barbados.


    • In truth my better half thought it was funny and shares my views of flying, i.e. that useless security theatre has made it into such a monumental pain in the arse that any kind of holiday that avoids airports is better. Rural and outback Oz is probably large enough to keep us going for a while.

  3. There’s little need for physical strength in modern airliners, and women are supposed to better at multi-tasking, so what’s the problem?

    • Honestly? None at all. Really I agree with the point about multi-tasking and have long felt that it might make women tend to be better pilots, and of course the trolly dollies are the ones who need physical strength more than the pilots these days. But the day I read a story like that and don’t want to make a joke of it they can bury me.

  4. If I knew she was flying the thing ahead of time, I’d think twice.

  5. And in some aircraft, e.g. Airbus, physical strength is of no use at all as they only have a dinky joystick such as those used by PC gamers.

    • I think there might be a switch or two here and there but the point’s well made. And it’s still true that someone else parks it for them no matter what sex the pilot is.

  6. Actually the parking bit isn’t entirely true. The crew have to taxi up to the stand, and not all commercial aircraft have the nosewheel steering tiller fitted on both sides of the cockpit. So if the captain is female she may well have to park it! And the cockpit of a 747 is some 40ft above the tarmac… Granted, reversing out of the stand is normally handled by the tug drivers, but that is irrespective of the crews sexuality. A handful of turboprops & transport aircraft CAN reverse unaided:

    Reverse out of your stand

    Missed the turn off?

    Three point turn

    • Oh, I thought they got it near enough and someone in a tug (who could be a woman for all I know) pulls it into the final spot for the jetway to come out to. If not that just shows you that I’m a cheap bastard who doesn’t pay enough to get a seat where you can see what’s actually going on. Actually even if I could see I’d probably be too busy thinking “It feels like this five hour flight has taken an eternity already so hurry up and let me off this fucking plane.”

      PS Aw, no fun, Dave. 🙂

  7. Now I come to think of it, a while back there was talk of jets:

    1) Using electric motors to taxi, driven by the auxiliary power units normally fitted to most large aircraft.

    2) Being towed from the runways to the stands, and back again.

    The idea was that they use far too much fuel doing this themselves with the main engines, and using a tug would drastically reduce polar bear deaths, or something…

    I haven’t heard any more lately – I think the motor idea was rejected due to extra weight, and long cable runs. The sheer logistics of thousands of extra tugs and drivers probably outweighs any supposed CO2 reductions…

    • Perhaps they could use polar bears in harnesses to park the planes, thereby giving them a purpose that creates a disincentive to allow them to die out (yeah, I know they’re not, but stick with me) and reducing an associated emission which should keep the greenies happy. And misogynistic air travellers will be assured that any Sheila in the flight deck won’t park at the wrong gate while doing her lippy because polar bears will take care of it. The big problem that I can see derailing the whole idea is that the bears would want to be paid in the meat of freshly dead baby seals, and that might upset some people.

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