Survey Says Female Pilots Are Less Trusted

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Online travel agency sunshine.com.uk polled people to find out how they feel about female pilots and the results revealed that most don’t think too highly of them.

Online travel agency sunshine.com.uk polled people to find out how they feel about female pilots and the results revealed that most don’t think too highly of them.

A shocking 51 percent of respondents said they just didn’t trust them as much. That’s compared to only 14 percent who said having a woman in the cockpit would make them feel safer.

The rest were either unsure or didn’t care either way.

About a third of the male-preferring groups said they perceived men as being more skilled. Just over a quarter didn’t think women could handle the pressure.

A tenth admitted that their fear of female pilots sprang from it being an unknown, as historically there have been so few.

According to US pilot, Patrick Smith, only 5 percent of cockpit crew are female.

In the US, a 2010 FAA report stated that there are 266 thousand commercial pilots on the job but fewer than 9 thousand of them are women.

The director of the agency that conducted the survey believes a lot of people really need to get over their stereotypes.

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