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Air passengers “don’t trust” female pilots, says a new poll

- November 5th, 2013
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In the most cringe-worthy news to come from the airline industry since India’s GoAir announced it would hire only skinny, female flight attendants, a new poll suggests that air travellers “don’t trust” female pilots, who they believe are less skilled and less able to handle pressure than their male counterparts.

The poll, released by Brit travel agency Sunshine.co.uk, found that 51% of respondents were less likely to trust a female pilot, while just 14% said they actually felt safer. That 14% who prefer to have a female pilot said they found male pilots to be “too hot-headed” and more likely to be distracted in flight.

“To see that more than half would be less likely to trust a female pilot was absolutely astounding,” Chris Clarkson, managing director of Sunshine.co.uk, told the Telegraph. “Clearly, many Britons have stereotypes that they need to get rid of.”

Clearly. This Sex and the City quote wasn’t made in reference to air travel, but I think Samantha Jones’ wisdom when she was fighting for equality in the workplace applies here: “What, does he think I’m going to get my period and ruin his empire?”

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Courtesy HBO

The Women of Aviation Worldwide publication says just 5.15% of for-hire pilots are female.

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6 comments

  1. Ron Pocklington | November 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I have flown with competent women pilots and incompetent male pilots. I don’t care who is flying the plane as long as they are competent. Yes I do have 1000 hours pilot in command.
    Get over this male/female stuff. It’s the 21st century and women have proven to be as competent in all aspects of life. The problem is the only people who think women aren’t competent is men. Go figure.

  2. Crystal | November 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    It shouldn’t matter whether the pilot is a man or a woman. Women are more than capable of doing a man’s job. Women can do anything a man can do and BETTER!

  3. pete the pilot | November 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    all I ever want is the best pilot, period. male or female is of nobodies concern, the road to becoming a commercial pilot is very long, in terms of time, money, dedication, ability, the system only allows the best to become pilots. this male/female debate is so 50 years old.

  4. Corp | November 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Can they do the job? Yes? Then nothing else matters.

  5. Niko | November 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I Think the biggest problem is media. I am 29 and as a child I cant remember one TV show or movie or even cartoon where a pilot was female. It is in the subconscious, when you think of a pilot you think of a male pilot, and although its most definatley flawed thinking, this is one of the major reasons somebody may trust male pilots over female…That’s just my two cents :-)

  6. Bruce | March 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    There was a woman pilot that I thought was just great. My original flight was late arriving in Salt Lake city and I had to catch another flight from somewhere else to get to my final destination. The nice stewardess relayed a message to the pilot and she phone ahead to this new destination. Man, she cruised safely down the taxi lane and took off like a bat out hell. She not only got me there on time but she was courteous and new her s***t. It was one of thosetwo prop planes. Very good experience.

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