Captain Carey Smith Steacy has responded brilliantly to a sexist note which was left for her following a flight from Calgary to Victoria over the weekend.
The pilot, who lives in Canada, posted the note, which was penned by a passenger apparently called David, onto her Facebook page along with a response. Since doing so, the note and her reply has gone viral.
The note, which you can see below, read: “To Capt./ WestJet... The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as “captain.” We’re short mothers, not pilots WestJet. Proverbs 31... (Sorry, not PC)... PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I could book another flight! In the end this is all mere vanity. Not impressed. Respectfully in love, David [sic].”
Alongside the note, Steacy reportedly replied: “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.”