United Airlines Hiring Pilots Based On Skin and Gender

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | January 15, 2024
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This is not a flex, bro.

The CEO of United Airlines, Scott Kirby, was interviewed by Axios on the HBO channel back in June of 2021. After the reposted video went viral this weekend, United is raking in tons of backlash over Kirby boasting that gender and racial quotas are one of his main considerations when determining who will pilot his airplanes.

“We have committed that 50 percent of the classes will be women or people of color,” Kirby said confidently when asked about United’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion guidelines back in 2021. “Today, only 19 percent of our pilots at United Airlines are women or people of color. And by the way, from all the data I’ve seen, that’s the highest of any airline in the country,” Kirby added.

“White males don’t just dominate in the cockpits,” the Axios reporter added. 

Yeah, so essentially the airline is picking pilots based on skin color and what’s in a person’s pants, not their merit or skill.

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Frankly, I don’t care what color skin you have or what your naked body looks like. I just want you to be a good, safe, and qualified pilot if I am going to comfortably get on your plane!

Many users shared that sentiment on social media.

“This is insane,” ACT for America Founder Brigitte Gabriel wrote.

“Why not just pick the best pilot? People want a safe & competent pilot. They don't care what color or race they are. Pick the best pilot,” another posted.

More chimed in about how unsafe this tactic is.

“He doesn’t care whether or not they can effectively fly an airplane - all that matters is race and gender. DEI is going to get people killed,” Michael Seifert, Public Square CEO and founder, wrote. Another said, “Air travel is about to get turbulent, keep your seat belts on.”

These people are right! I don’t want someone flying my plane just because they’re a black woman! I want them to be good at flying and if they just so happen to be a black woman, great! If not, who freakin' cares?!

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