Diversity “Trumps” Safety at United Airlines

2021 April 9
by bc3b

It’s insane, but the woke are in total control.

United Airlines has decided that it’s time for a little makeover.  The airline is not going to do that by changing its paint scheme, its in-flight service, or its billing structure.  No, it’s got a much more ambitious objective in mind.  United will polish its woke credentials by giving its clientele what it wants most — diversity in the cockpit.  United has announced that 50% of its new pilots entering training will be females or people of color.

Not the most qualified, but females and people of color.

When things go wrong in the sky  weather-related or severe mechanical problems, that’s when you need the most qualified people in the flight deck, not pilots and first officers hired because of their color or gender.

I have no doubt that any qualified pilot can fly from point A to point B and land an airplane.  However, the danger in diversity thinking becomes apparent when the job differs from the routine.  In 1983, Captain Bob Pearson had the unfortunate experience of being the command pilot of a Boeing 767 that experienced total engine failure.  He did something that the Boeing engineers said was impossible — he glided the plane, without power, to a landing with no injuries.  The plane became known in the aviation community as the Gimli Glider.  It turns out Captain Pearson’s qualifications exceeded those required of airline pilots.  He was also a highly experienced glider pilot.  In this case, was having the “best” somewhat better?

A more recent example is that of Captain Sully Sullenberger.  In 2009, shortly after takeoff from New York City, Captain Sullenberger’s Airbus A320 experienced a double bird strike.  After total engine failure, Sully successfully landed the aircraft on the Hudson River with no casualties.  It became known as the miracle on the Hudson.  It turns out that Captain Sullenberger’s qualifications exceeded the minimum requirements for airline pilots.  In addition to being an experienced Air Force pilot, he earned an advanced degree from Purdue University (my alma matter), was an accident investigator for the NTSB, and was an expert in the psychology of air crew functioning during a crisis.  That last item may not be very important during a pilot’s normal day at the office, but it comes in rather handy when landing on a river — no?

One of the additional problems United Airlines has created is damage they are doing to truly qualified female and minority flight crew members. Now, when airline passengers see a female or minority getting into the cockpit, it’s only normal for passengers to question – is this person really qualified or an affirmative action hire?”

Since the Biden Regime took control, airlines seem to have jumped off the woke charts. Delta, American and Southwest have all joined  in condemning laws requiring voter ID and now this from United.

Hat tip: American Thinker

At least the flight crew had the right boxes checked.

49 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 April 9 6:32 am
    bc3b permalink

    In case Two Ton Stacey cant figure how to manufacture enough votes to win her next election, United has a job for her.

  2. 2021 April 9 7:30 am

    Seems to violate every civil rights law on the books.

  3. 2021 April 9 7:30 am

    , United has a job for her~~~Baggage bin ballast.

  4. 2021 April 9 8:09 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Well United is not the only airline with a diversity over saftey issue — https://www.theregister.com/2021/04/08/tui_software_mistake/

  5. 2021 April 9 8:26 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Have I mentioned I’ve stopped donating to candidates and give to conservative lawfare groups instead? 😁😁

  6. 2021 April 9 8:32 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Since the Biden Regime took control, airlines seem to have jumped off the woke charts.”
    This is a good point. Presumably after a year of being mostly grounded the airlines are running on fumes financially and are calculating where their next bailout will come from.

  7. 2021 April 9 9:03 am
    justrand permalink

    I posted this comment 3 years ago, and it fits again. The raving Leftist I was speaking to no longer talks to anyone in our community…but still lives here. As soon as they make “Red Flag Laws” the law of the land, she will probably “Red Flag” EVERYONE here in the mountains.

    ==>>> I actually had this conversation recently in the area I live in re. PLUMBING, but it is perfectly analogous. There are only TWO plumbers anywhere near us up here. One is a complete asshole…but a GREAT plumber. The other is a really nice guy…but an awful plumber. I asked a neighbor who she called to fix a recent plumbing “disaster”…and she replied she called the NICE GUY. A week later she had to call the ASSHOLE to fix the first guy’s mess.

    These days this neighbor would only call a “plumber” (or any service provider) if they were “Politically Correct”…and “Diverse”. Thus she would rather have water flowing across her floors, than have a “Deplorable” fix her plumbing.

    United Airlines would rather CRASH an airplane with a “diverse” crew, than land the plane safely with a bunch of “white males” at the controls.

  8. 2021 April 9 10:39 am
    drdog09 permalink

    [woke] I will only deal with companies that have a diversity plan and their staff is a representation of the population at large.
    [conserv] Then why do you have the NBA game on?

  9. 2021 April 9 11:08 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Yeah. DIVERSIFY THE NBA!!! Heh.

  10. 2021 April 9 11:19 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Having spent a year looking at Covid fatality numbers and assuming that the true count was more likely half or a third of what was being reported, this new report is both satisfying and startling. None of us would have guessed that the actual disparity would be that the number of Covid deaths, according to this study, is a bit less than 6% of the numbers reported by the media.”

    An online friend pushes back on the 6% number:
    “6% was the number of death certificates where wuflu was the sole listed cause of death with no preexisting comorbidities.
    In some number of the others it was the precipitating cause that induced death by aggravating a [or several] preexisting condition[s].”

    Nonetheless, the count of Covid deaths includes plenty that were “with” Covid but not necessarily “from” Covid.

  11. 2021 April 9 11:53 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Just this week (ultra-liberal) Justice Breyer spoke at Harvard and opposed court packing. I’m thinking this will be something to watch.

    The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.

  12. 2021 April 9 11:56 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Heh — https://summit.news/2021/04/09/black-lives-matter-co-founder-buys-1-4-million-home-in-area-with-just-1-6-black-population/ — Marxism is not about leveling the playing field, but just reshuffling the deck of who sits in first class. Imagine all the suckers who handed over their stimmy check to BLM. 😉

  13. 2021 April 9 12:47 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Marxism is not about leveling the playing field, but just reshuffling the deck of who sits in first class.”
    Yes, so true. And we’ve literally known this since the 60s.
    I lived in MI in the 1960s. After the Detroit riots there was some expectation that oppressed blacks, the victims for so long, would now use their hard-won nobility to run the city with integrity.
    Nope. It turned out that black Democrat politicians were even more corrupt than white Dem politicians.

  14. 2021 April 9 1:54 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    JimNorCal – yeah, the NBA should diversify. Where are those people that are height challenge?

    It is plain wrong to exclude people because they lack height. And what about the blind.

    Come on man.

  15. 2021 April 9 2:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Woke->Broke again, — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1QQPOzvPtQ — Yes its Tim. Just give him 5min. Fans tune out at exactly the same moment during show.

  16. 2021 April 9 4:08 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    17, that took a while

  17. 2021 April 9 5:10 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Hopefully this is fake news.
    But, given their track record, I’m leaning towards “legit”

  18. 2021 April 9 5:50 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Sorry boss, man 2 is out the window. — https://www.rightjournalism.com/breaking-during-chauvin-trial-the-official-medical-examiner-confirms-floyds-heart-gave-out-due-to-heart-disease-hypertension-drugs-and-stress-videos/ — The DA in this case has really drawn the short straw. All he has left is the court of public opinion.

  19. 2021 April 9 5:55 pm
    mulletover permalink

    If diversity in the cockpit is a worry, don’t look into the air traffic controllers.

  20. 2021 April 9 6:05 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    I’m expecting the DAs table to be shattered before we’re finished.

    Famous first year law student maxim:
    If the law is on your side, pound the law.
    If the facts are on your side, pound the facts.
    If neither are on your side, pound the table.

  21. 2021 April 9 6:23 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Coinbase now has 56 million accounts. Robinhood has 14 million.

    The size of coinbase is now fidelity + robinhood combined.

    Talk about enormous.

  22. 2021 April 9 6:35 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Crazy that amazon fell from 96 to 5 in the year 2000, but if you think in terms of metcalf’s law and network effect that is actually just a blip on the radar screen not a tech bubble… you could say it even kind of looks like one of bitcoin’s 90 percent drawdowns in the past on the way to adoption.

  23. 2021 April 9 6:38 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Investing in network effects seems to be the thing that investors have missed over the last 20 years (think jeff booth’s book)

  24. 2021 April 9 6:39 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Whether that is nflx or amazon or apple or crypto etc whatever it is… ppl keep valuing this stuff incorrectly.
    …which brings me back to the ark funds

  25. 2021 April 9 6:43 pm

    Chauvin is still screwed, the jury will be afraid to acquit.

  26. 2021 April 9 10:42 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Why the US is entering a horrific financial period, featuring snips from famous investor Ray Dalio, 8min
    Excess printing devalues the currency, can’t be sustained
    Assets go way up in value, leading to huge and growing wealth gaps


  27. 2021 April 10 3:24 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Looks like a bitcoin morning

  28. 2021 April 10 3:28 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Hedgeye actually has a risk range for interest rates just as they have for btc and other things.

    Were actually at the low end of the interest rates spectrum meaning we’re due for another run up. Once we finish another run up w tech sell off assoc w it, id like to get back into some of the ark funds again at least a bit.

  29. 2021 April 10 6:06 am
    bc3b permalink

    ip727 #27 –


  30. 2021 April 10 6:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    In ip727s days with Braniff, he believed in diversity – hot blonde stewardesses, hot brunette stewardesses, hot redheaded stewardesses, hot Asian stewardesses, etc.

  31. 2021 April 10 6:16 am
    justrand permalink

    Chauvin, as we’ve all noted, is SCREWED! Because the Race-mongers of the Left DEMAND his blood!! At worst he is actually “guilty” of nothing more than 4 minutes of bad judgement. Of the nine minutes he knelt across Floyd’s neck, the first 5 minutes were police POLICY. But even during the whole nine minutes, he was NOT directly on the artery. Floyd was a BEAST…very strong and very strung out on drugs. He didn’t deserve to die for the crimes he was being arrested for, but Chauvin didn’t kill him. But as the article at the link says, it doesn’t matter to Sharpton and the other Race-mongers. And the jury will be terrified to do anything other than what Sharpton demands.


  32. 2021 April 10 6:27 am
    drdog09 permalink


    At the stage we are in now Dalio is right. But it is not always the case that an income gap has to be a problem.

    Example. In 1995 when M$ and consequently Bill Gates were the top dog was my income diminished because Gates had his 1st Billion? No, because he had created something that benefited nearly everyone and his share of the gains were in proportion to the economic gains nationally by using his products.

    But that was still the production phase economy. By 2005 tho we had finanicialization driving the economy. So a Jeff Bezos, though he brought something new to the economy it had a different effect than what M$ did 20 years earlier. Amazon does not really contribute to the economy nearly as much as M$ does because amazon does not produce anything (sans AWS).

    Bottom line is the .01% can have all the money they want so long as it does not diminish the financial aspirations of the rest of the public. The problem is the govt has essentially failed.

  33. 2021 April 10 6:33 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Not so sure. So far it has all been the DA’s show. Even then it has been an weak effort. Their witnesses have not delivered a KO. 50/50 he gets a hung jury.

  34. 2021 April 10 6:50 am
    gnqanq permalink

    drdog – Not so sure. So far it has all been the DA’s show. Even then it has been an weak effort. Their witnesses have not delivered a KO. 50/50 he gets a hung jury.

    That would be racist (could not resist).

  35. 2021 April 10 8:13 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    35, good points.
    What Dalio says is true enough but trying to harness that insight to “social justice” leads to a situation where the majority votes to expropriate other people’s property. Not a solution.

  36. 2021 April 10 8:37 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    35, a related thought.
    I read a Signal group which discusses “Made In America” and resisting Big Tech in our personal lives and personal choices.
    One common theme is support for small business. It’s obviously a great thing, it supports sturdy Americans, promotes hard work, and a hundred other things.

    But is it perhaps that case that if you compare—
    1) many small businesses, a gazillion customers driving around to get their needed stuff from their preferred vendor
    2) Amazon, one central hub with a fleet of drivers delivering to customers
    Will the invisible hand of Teh Market prefer all the autonomous choices of model (1)?
    Or, if you compare, would it be the case that you’d find that the Amazon model is simply more efficient? Such that no matter your preferences it will eventually dominate? And perhaps CostCo using its buying power and its ability to make deals that force other companies to provide the low-cost, decent-quality Kirkland in-store brands, will just have a natural advantage that wins out over time compared to stores with older, more traditional models?
    I would guess that the Amazon model in particular is still on a bumpy road. They’ve been given a huge boost by the Covid shutdowns which shuttered their rivals. But in a way, it only means that Amazon still has scope for big improvements in its model that will make it more profitable and more efficient.

  37. 2021 April 10 9:46 am
    mpt permalink

    This is a pretty good video overview of the mechanisms Google is using to thwart wrong-think on the Internet. Nothing surprising that they are doing this, but it goes into how they doing it. This is an area where a little knowledge can go a long ways towards protecting yourself from such manipulation by Big Tech.


    BTW, I think using the term “Big Tech” puts one it a certain “Federated Learning of Cohorts” bucket.

  38. 2021 April 10 9:50 am
    mpt permalink

    Chauvin, as we’ve all noted, is SCREWED!

    Sadly, I think you are right. However, even when the left gets its pound of flesh, their lust for more will only be heightened.

  39. 2021 April 10 10:24 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Thanks, mpt, I’ll watch it soon, looks interesting. And glad it is on a YouTube alternate instead of on the goolag-owned YT.

    PRP, do you know if BTC and ETH trade continuously 24×7?
    Seems like gold quotes “go dark” on Friday afternoon and then start up again sometime on Sunday (when Hong Kong or Europe starts again?)
    Those customer-account numbers comparing CoinBase with RobinHood and Fidelity were startling.

  40. 2021 April 10 10:26 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    People here will be startled to learn that the CA “contact tracing” program was a failure.
    OK, maybe they’ll say “of course, was it ever an issue?” instead of being surprised LOL

    UCSF infectious disease specialist Mike Reid, who led the program, described it as “our Dunkirk moment.” As it turns out, it was more like our Waterloo.

    A new report from State Auditor Elaine Howle says California never assembled the “army” of contact tracers it had promised. We ended up with less than half of the expected volunteers — 12,100 instead of 31,400; 2,262 trained by the state instead of 10,000.

    It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Per the audit, 10,000 state-trained volunteers would have been able to handle about 5,000 infections a day. At the height of the winter surge, the state was averaging 25,000.

  41. 2021 April 10 11:21 am
    mpt permalink

    JimNorCal, not a surprise at all about contact tracing being a total failure. It wasn’t designed to succeed. Its only purpose was to make the State of California government look like it was actually doing something other than destroying the livelihood of millions of Californians.

  42. 2021 April 10 11:24 am
    mpt permalink

    And glad it is on a YouTube alternate instead of on the goolag-owned YT.

    I’m trying to watch as much content on Odysee and Rumble as possible. Probably about 50% of what I watch on YouTube can be found on those alternative sites. They are a little rough around the edges and the videos sometimes freeze, but hopefully, they’ll improve as they get more traffic and activity.

  43. 2021 April 10 12:03 pm

    33~~~~Eight to eighty, blind or insane.

  44. 2021 April 10 3:04 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Ya of course ppl can buy on these exchanges 24 hours a day. I will say on wkends weird things always happen w prices either a run up and then crash. Or sometimes a friday dump and then it shoots back up sunday before regular markets.

  45. 2021 April 10 3:38 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    More Covid info for anyone interested. For me, there is a disconnect between the number of deaths and the extreme urgency of gov’t/medical reaction.

    The 2 articles are pretty detailed. I certainly didn’t understand it all.
    I am gradually coming to the conclusion
    1) chance of death from the vaccine: tiny. Is it currently something a few thousand deaths out of way more than a hundred million stabs.
    2) chance of death from Covid: small. Last I checked it was something like 3 times what you’d see from a “normal flu” season but more concentrated on people that are very old.
    3) chance that mRNA vaccines themselves are dangerous: unknown.

    A description of the possible dangers from the vaccine which will only show up in a few years:

    More generally on Covid

  46. 2021 April 10 3:57 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    There are these third party exchanges referred to as coinmixers. Much like kraken or coinbase you send your BTC to them and they swap your BTC for other people, and then they send you back different BTC so the ledger is obscured. There is no way to then track who or where it came from or at least if they do a good job.

    Problem is coinmixers depending on where they are based have been targetted with money laundering although no one who has used them has been charged yet (but the exchanges themselves). There is also a lot of fraud with them where ppl send them coins and then they disappear.

    What really needs to happen is an ethereum based decentralzed exchange like uniswap or sushiswap needs to be made where you would pay the miners the gas fee and the network would do the coinmixing without a third party beingninvolved (no one for the government to come down on)

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