A pilot for Canadian carrier WestJet is in the news today after she posted and then responded to a sexist note left for her by a passenger on one of her flights.
The incident touched a nerve not only in the aviation industry, but also on mainstream and social media outlets across North America.
"The cockpit is no place for a woman," the note starts, adding: "A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as 'captain.' Were (sic) short on mothers, not pilots WestJet. Proverbs 31. Sorry not PC."
The note from a man identifying himself only as "David" was scrawled on a napkin and left on a March 2 flight from Calgary to the British Columbia capital of Victoria.
In the note, the man also said he wished WestJet would have alerted him that "a fair lady is at the helm" so he could book a different flight.
Media reports also say the man thought to be the note's author asked flight attendants about how much experience the woman had as pilot, intimating he was concerned about the flight's safety.
The pilot – Capt. Carey Smith Steacy – was made aware of the note by an aircraft cleaning crew, CTV of Toronto reports.
CTV says a "shocked" Steacy – who is a mother of two and has worked as a pilot for 17 years – eventually took to Facebook to respond with her own note.
"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 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."
As for WestJet, the airline stood behind its pilot.
"We are enormously proud of the professionalism, skills and expertise of our pilots, and we were disappointed to see the note," the airline -- Canada's second biggest -- says in a statement to USA TODAY.
WestJet told the CBC it would not elaborate further on the subject because the company did not want to add credibility to the note.