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Female Pilot Ejects Sexist Male Passenger

Female Pilot Ejects Sexist Male Passenger

The gains women have made in the workplace are starting to pay off in take-downs of sexist men.

A female pilot for Trip Airlines, a Brazilian company, refused to put up with a male passenger who made “loud, sexist comments upon learning the pilot was a woman.” She kicked the jerk off the plane, and police officers picked up where she left off by booting him from the airport.

Even more encouraging: the airline stood behind her. According to an AP story reported in The New York Times and elsewhere, the company said that “it would not tolerate disparaging remarks made about any of the 1,400 women working for it.”

Hurray for Trip Airlines and for the pilot packing a suitcase full of self-esteem!

It’s not entirely surprising that this pilot would stand up for herself, because she would have to have a strong backbone just to fly a commercial aircraft, a traditionally male job. Based on the small number of female pilots in North America, it is likely that a Brazilian woman would also have to swim upstream to make it in the airline industry. Women are only ”about 5% of the 53,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association,” which covers the United States and Canada, according to CNN Travel, and only about 450 of them are captains, i.e. in charge of a plane’s entire crew.

Though Brazil has a female president, gender discrimination in employment is prevalent. UNICEF cites a Gallup Poll finding that only 20% of Brazilians “believe that society treats both sexes equally, while more than half…consider that women and men do not enjoy equal job opportunities.” Their perceptions seem accurate: there are “significant wage disparities between men and women” who perform the same job functions in Brazil. At the top of the corporate ladder, women hold only 8% of the seats on boards of directors. There are many more women at the bottom of the salary scale than at the top.

Even more evidence that our female pilot has determination and guts to spare.

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2:59AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Pity she could not have ejected him at 30,000 feet!

10:33AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

My only disappointment is that the method wasn't as dramatic as the title suggests. That's a very good show by the pilot and the company, which is a particularly pleasant surprise.

11:16PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Proud of the woman of course, but also surprised and proud of the airline backing her up. So used to corporations doing all for the benefit of profit.

8:10PM PDT on May 30, 2012

Good for her. Good thing for him the plane was still on the runway!

2:04PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Good for her!! All sexist men deserve the same treatment. They need to know that they can't speak and act that was towards women. Well, it's sure that the female pilot has the support of every woman in the world. :)

11:53PM PDT on May 28, 2012

I think I gotta love this women! (Too bad she couldn't eject him in mid flight!)

2:19PM PDT on May 28, 2012

you go girl!!

2:19PM PDT on May 28, 2012

you go girl!!

2:15PM PDT on May 28, 2012

GREAT!

2:15PM PDT on May 28, 2012

GREAT!

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