United Airlines’ Diversity Pledge: ‘50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color’

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Who’s the wokest of them all? United Airlines believes “Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color.”

Last week, Delta Airlines’ CEO Ed Bastien denounced Georgia over their recently passed voter reform legislation. On Saturday, America Airlines followed suit by announcing their opposition to similar legislation proposed in Texas.

United Airlines was the last of the big three to weigh in. On Monday, the airline released a statement which read:

Some have questioned the integrity of the nation’s election systems and are using it to justify stricter voting procedures, even though numerous studies have found zero credible evidence of widespread fraud in U.S. elections.

Legislation that infringes on the right to vote of fellow Americans is wrong. We believe that leaders in both parties should work to protect the rights of eligible voters by making it easier and more convenient for them to cast a ballot and have it counted.

On Tuesday, the company took it a bit further with a diversity pledge.

Today, United has one of the most diverse pilot populations of any U.S. carrier with nearly 20% of our pilot group made up of women and people of color. We are working toward raising that number even higher by partnering with diversity-led organizations and continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. And we’re going one step further with plans for 50% of United Aviate Academy students being women and people of color to ensure our students reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve.

United announces they are continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. Yet, that is precisely what they are doing by putting quotas in place to guide their hiring decisions.

Considering that the safety of millions of passengers is at stake, why not be colorblind when making your hiring decisions? Why not choose your pilots on the basis of competence, experience and training rather than on gender and race?

A novel concept for the wokest among us, I know. But perhaps best from a safety point of view.

Watch: Spirit Airlines Kicks Family Off Plane Because 2 Year Old Wasn’t Wearing Mask – While She Ate

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A Spirit Airlines flight attendant demanded that a young family deplane from an Orlando to New York flight on Monday because their two-year-old daughter, who was eating, had removed her mask. The mother, who was seven months pregnant, her husband and their special needs son were all wearing masks.

The flight attendant told the mother “I told you. Non-compliance. You will have to get off.”

The father said they would put the mask back on the child.

“The pilot wants you off. You have to get off,” she kept repeating.

Passengers seated around the family came to their defense, but this was non-negotiable.

In the second video, as the family is preparing to leave, the father is telling passengers he’d been told that an African-American passenger had complained about the child.

A report from Breaking 911 claimed the entire flight was deplaned.

Last month, Spirit Airlines made headlines for forcing a family with a 4-year-old autistic child off the plane, according to CBS News. The family had a note from the boy’s physician which explained his disability, but it made no difference.

A spokesperson for the airline later told CBS, “Our existing policy does not provide for medical exemptions, regardless of diagnosis. Our team members explained this to a family traveling today, but never questioned anyone’s medical status in the process.”

The spokesperson said that policy was scheduled to change on March 19, one week after this incident took place. (This incident did not cause the policy change.)

“Starting March 19, 2021, guests with a medical disability who are traveling on or after March 22, 2021 can apply for an exemption as provided for in the federal mandate requiring masks in airports and on planes.”

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