Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018

EasyJet pilot's response to sexist passengers goes viral

Tweets by a female pilot working for easyJet have gone viral after she called out two male passengers for comments they made about her.

Charlotte Knowlson, who tweets as @pilotcharlotte, said one male passenger 'joked' he wouldn't have boarded had he known she was piloting the aircraft.

Another said: "I won't make any jokes about female drivers then."

In response, she tweeted: "Fact is, I can fly an £80m jet, you can't."

The original tweet, posted a couple of days ago, has been liked and re-tweeted thousands of times.

She added: "Being used to this kind of humour, my reaction of course was to be professional, laugh and ask them if they were enjoying the flight," she said.

It was only when a fellow cabin crew member expressed their dismay over the men's sexist behaviour that she asked herself: "Why is this normal?"

"It is this attitude that puts women off and another barrier stopping them from going into male dominated careers," she stated.

Among supporters, one person tweeted: "Thank you for being a role model for the next generation and calling out sexism for what it is - wrong!"

Others have been sharing photos of their daughters in response to the Twitter thread, all of whom aspire to follow in her footsteps one day.

Pilot Knowlson added: "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."

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  • From a great pioneer.....

    ( Courtesy of a quick Google and coming from one who is not a fan of slow female drivers................. ) .............Amelia Earhart / Quotes Most effective way to do it, is to do it. Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn"t be done. Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky. Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price. The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune. Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.

    By Warren Hersh, Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Nothing new

    This is unfortunately nothing new to the aviation industry. Many years ago during the boarding of a flight, I overheard a comment from a male passenger sat in the front row regarding the female pilot he could see through the open flight deck door. "Oh my God, a woman pilot." My response was simple: "Don't worry sir, the co-pilot is a man, as is the cabin supervisor." A shame some men need reminding women are not just there to wash and iron. Well done Charlotte !

    By Elaine Molyneux, Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • Which was the first airline to have women pilots?

    I seem to recall someone telling me that it was Danair. I certainly recall (back in the days when passengers could visit the cockpit) seeing my first woman pilot- - and I have a feeling that was Danair. It was a long time ago when I was a travel agent - so before 1983.

    By Richard English, Thursday, May 24, 2018

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