“I can’t believe that [there are] people that still think that way,” Steacy told CTV Vancouver.
She went on to toss a few barbs of her own. “I respectfully disagree with your opinion that the 'cockpit,' (we now call it the flight deck as no c**ks are required), is no place for a lady. In fact, there are no places that are not for ladies anymore,” she proclaimed.
Steacy put the note and her response on Facebook, and the comments have exploded.
The entire note reads:
"To Captain/WestJet, The cockpit of airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor. Not as “captain.” We’re short mothers, not pilots, WestJet. Proverbs 31 (Sorry not P.C.) PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight! In the end this is all mere vanity… Not impressed. Respectfully in love, David."
Steacy agreed the passenger was “entitled to expressing his opinion,” but reminds she can express hers as well.
"You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a 'fair lady,'" she wrote.
She also added, "I have two beautiful children, it is the highest honor."
WestJet told the CBC, "We have captains and first officers among our female pilots and always have since we launched in 1996."
The company confirmed there are 1,118 male pilots and 58 female pilots flying for them.